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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • PG-13
  • 1h 41m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh99%
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Never Rarely Sometimes Always is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion. Written and directed by Eliza Hittman.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh99%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and directed, Never Rarely Sometimes Always reaffirms writer-director Eliza Hittman as a filmmaker of uncommon sensitivity and grace.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Nonjudgmental teen abortion drama offers insight, info.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a teen abortion drama. An award winner at the Sundance and Berlin International film festivals, it walks viewers through the entire process of what it's like to terminate a pregnancy, following the journey of 17-year-old Autumn (Sidney Flanigan). She learns she's pregnant at a doctor's office, becomes aware that parental consent for abortion is required in her state, tries to induce a miscarriage (which involves punching herself), has sonograms and encounters questions at clinics, and ultimately is put under with anesthesia (the procedure itself isn't shown). Protestors/people trying to dissuade her from ending the pregnancy are shown, too; they're not vilified, and neither is Autumn. The film doesn't offer information about who the father is or exactly why Autumn is adamant about ending the pregnancy without telling her parents, but her situation shines a light on why a young woman's right to choose without parental consent can be crucial in some cases. Throughout her experience, Autumn and her cousin lie to their moms, steal money, and drink beer to appear older. On the other hand, in their 17-year-old way, they try hard to stay safe despite the fact that they're so vulnerable on the streets of New York with nowhere to stay. Language is infrequent but includes a use of "f--k off."

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Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 13, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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