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      Only Humans

      2018 1 hr. 25 min. Drama List
      Reviews 89% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Through her attempt to ignite a romance with a much older man, a fiercely independent teenager learns to appreciate not only her youth but also her overbearing mother. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Only Humans I must admit that I was nervous, watching Only Humans. I wasn't sure how the subject matter will be handled. However, Director Vanessa Knutsen was masterful of handling such a topic. It took guts to make such a film. This is a film about loneliness, emptiness, guilts, needs, and acceptance. It's not about sex between a teenager and an older man. Only Human is an honest film that deals with the complexity of emotions that exist in every one of us. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A very well observed indie drama. The performances are compelling and honest and the script is packed with subtlety which is so refreshing. Coming of age and complex relationships at its finest. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Major eye roll to all the reviews claiming this film glamorizes pedophilia. Do you write reviews about what a terrible person Tarantino is for glamorizing murder? No. It's entertainment, people. Geez! If you don't hold a microscope up to these sort of issues, you will never understand them. And if you don't understand them, then you can't stop them from happening. This film examines relationships without being judgemental or preachy. It takes an honest look at the human condition and I truly appreciated that. I really enjoyed the ride this film took me on. It was well acted and it had a beautiful story that was delicately told. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Ivy Masterson's Breakthrough Performance This film was very well-written which was essential for a film with such a delicate subject matter. Once Vincent entered the scene and Sarah's mom Nancy pushed them together, I felt a "Lolita"-esque storyline coming on. As expected, audiences will be split on the morality of the film…I think that's the point. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Everybody does a little growing up in this well acted and directed movie by Vanessa Knutsen. With the somewhat morally problematic central storyline of film, the director makes some strong choices and depicts a very real and believable tale of characters that are "only humans." The use of music is first rate, and, regardless of your personal feelings about the shortcomings of the characters, this movie has a lot of merit and is well worth watching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member By presenting attraction between teen and adult and giving it the leash to play out without condemnation, director and co-writer Vanessa Knutson self-imposes a minefield she then beelines straight across, setting off incendiary little explosions in the engrossing "Only Humans." This is a deceptively plain-faced, socially taboo tale told with a deft hand. And the fact it doesn't hand out prison sentences is sure to enrage those demanding a retributive moral to the story. When sixteener Sarah (Ivy Matheson) needs driving lessons, mom Nancy (Peri Gilpin) pairs her with decidedly adult male Vince (Micah Hauptman), who could use a hand cleaning out his house in preparation for its sale. Attraction happens, and it's acted upon. Of course we know it's legally and socially verboten, so whether we have the taste for it being reflected in our entertainment is subjective. For these exact reasons, "Only Humans" is paradoxically compelling stuff. "Only Humans" will perhaps be best received by an audience comfortable with films that portray an immoral situation, yet don't hold any subsequent expectation that its creator must then offer their clear and personal condemnation. This is an impacting film that many will applaud for the same reasons it'll incite others. See for yourself. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Through her attempt to ignite a romance with a much older man, a fiercely independent teenager learns to appreciate not only her youth but also her overbearing mother.
      Director
      Vanessa Knutsen
      Executive Producer
      Wei Huang
      Screenwriter
      Vanessa Knutsen, Megan Green
      Production Co
      Only Humans Film
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 13, 2019
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