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Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
  • PG-13
  • 2h 17m
  • 2021
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The breathtaking Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy Award® winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky, Dear Evan Hansen features music and lyrics by the Oscar®, Grammy® and Tony®-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), including two brand new songs and the iconic anthem "You Will Be Found."
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Looking Through the Lens: The Making of DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Dear Evan Hansen does a fair job of capturing the emotion of its source material, but it's undermined by questionable casting and a story that's hard to swallow.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Uneven adaptation of popular musical addresses suicide.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dear Evan Hansen is the stage-to-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 2016 musical about a lonely high school senior who's mistaken for a dead classmate's best friend and then entangled in his family's grief. That classmate's death by suicide is a focal point of the story, and there are many references to his death, depression, and substance abuse. Expect occasional strong language, including one "f--kin'" and a few uses of "s--t." A character tells sexual jokes, and song lyrics include a few risqué lines (i.e., references to rubbing nipples and getting hard), but visuals are limited to a couple of kisses, dancing, and flirting. The main character's decision to continually manufacture lies (even if, at first, they're told to help a grieving family) taints his initially selfless intent. Ultimately, the story encourages honest communication, empathy, compassion, and perseverance and addresses the powerful role that social media can play in teens' lives. Ben Platt reprises his Broadway role as Evan, but the rest of the cast -- including Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Kaitlin Dever, and Amandla Stenberg -- is new. Stephen Chbosky directs.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 24, 2021
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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