Rating: PG-13, for thematic elements and some sexual material.
The latest movie based on a best-selling Young Adult novel takes place in the aftermath of a gruesome, deadly car accident. Chloe Grace Moretz’s Mia, a teen cello prodigy who’s headed to Juilliard, barely survives the crash and hovers in an out-of-body state, running around the hospital as various friends, family members and her rock-star boyfriend (Jamie Blackley) worry and wait for signs of life. Director R.J. Cutler’s film (like the Gayle Forman book it’s based on) jumps back and forth in time between Mia’s precarious, present-day state and the years leading up to it, which fill in her back story. These include some extremely chaste partying after the boyfriend’s concerts and on New Year’s Eve, as well as the moment in which Mia loses her virginity, which is implied rather than shown. Some of the images in the hospital are also quite bloody and traumatic. Probably fine for tweens and older.