Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
  • PG-13
  • 1h 31m
  • 2017
Rotten22%
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17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne) has been sheltered since childhood with a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. During the day she is housebound, but after nightfall, Katie can venture out to the local train station and play her guitar for travelers. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed by Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she has secretly admired for years, and decides to hide her condition from him as the two embark on a uniquely powerful romance over one nearly perfect summer.

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Critics Consensus: Midnight Sun is a typically manipulative and contrived teen romance that's unfortunately distinguished by its offensively inaccurate portrayal of a real-life disease.
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Common Sense Says
Tear-jerking romance is mild except for teen partying.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Midnight Sun -- a romance based on a Japanese film about a girl (Bella Thorne) who's deathly allergic to the sun -- is about as tame as a story of doomed, passionate teenage love could be. There's lots of kissing and a drunken hookup in a car, but nobody goes beyond "first base." The main concern for most parents will likely be the teen drinking, which is handled somewhat irresponsibly. Teens drink a lot at a party (the main character has presumably never done this before), then drive around town -- all with no consequences. There's also a bit of language (including "s--t," "ass," and "damn"), and the sole Asian character is portrayed stereotypically. Spoiler alert: The story also involves assisted suicide, which is a complicated issue. But it's also quite romantic and will likely appeal to teens. Patrick Schwarzenegger and Rob Riggle co-star.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 23, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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