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They share the same birth month, so the orphanage calls them the December Boys. But these teens – Maps, Spit, Spark and Misty – have much more in common. With no hopes of ever joining a family, they form their own familial bonds. Then the unexpected news comes that a young couple may adopt one of them, and the longtime pals suddenly share something else: a rivalry to be the chosen one. December Boys, a poignant memoir of friendship and family, marks Daniel Radcliffe's first major film role outside the Harry Potter series. He plays Maps, a big brother to the group as it stumbles and wavers on its way toward manhood. Join the boys for their remarkable journey of the heart called growing up.
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Critics Consensus: December Boys' location and settings are invitingly gorgeous, but the coming-of-age drama that takes place on them is uneventful and far too sentimental.
Sacramento News & Review
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
1960s coming-of-age tale with Harry Potter star.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that underage boys secretly smoke, drink beer and wine, and try to catch glimpses of women in states of undress. Their attempts are amateurish and relatively innocent. One scene dramatizes an adolescent boy's introduction to kissing and sexuality by a precocious girl slightly older, but experienced. No nudity involved, but there is kissing, suggestive touching, and a clear implication that sexual intercourse takes place when the scene ends. The fact that Maps, the boy involved, is played by Daniel Radcliffe, best known as Harry Potter, adds to the provocative nature of the scene.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Family, Drama
- Release Date:September 14, 2007
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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