Add your rating See all 11 kid reviews. Katie Bella Thorne is a gorgeous, talented, smart teenager who has a perfect relationship with her protective dad, Jack Rob Riggle , and loves hanging out with her ultra-loyal best friend, Morgan Quinn Shephard , in the well-to-do Seattle suburb they call home. Just one thing prevents Katie from meeting her unknowing crush, Charlie Patrick Schwarzenegger: She has a rare condition that makes even a few moments of sun exposure likely fatal.
But they meet anyway because of her musical talent and start up a star-crossed romance in the summer after they both graduate high school or the home-schooled equivalent. Will Charlie, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, regain the swimming form that once promised him a full ride at UC Berkeley, possibly taking him away from homebound Katie? And will Katie tell Charlie about her condition? Continue reading Show less Is it any good?
The virtues of this star-crossed teen romance can't quite overcome its contrivances. Like 's charming Everything, Everything , to which it bears a striking and uncomfortable? Both films use ultra-rare but dramatically convenient medical conditions to isolate their main characters in their nice homes in their fancy suburbs and keep them from living full lives with their perfect, evolved, dreamboat crushes.
Midnight hopes to coast on Thorne and Shephard's charms and the shiny dreaminess of love interest Charlie, with a boost from Katie's songs. But its wall isn't built high enough. Why must Katie be a hermit? Why can't she share her secret with Charlie until it becomes a safety issue? Does Charlie have any flaws, or is his terrible secret that he's perfect? Charlie has ins everywhere, it seems, including nightclubs, recording studios, and train stations, despite his obsessive devotion to swimming.
And perhaps least understandably, these two attractive teens make out all over the place but apparently never go past first base despite the fatalism that informs the film's second half. This lack of mooring in reality sets the drama adrift and makes it difficult to invest in the characters' plight. But it will certainly appeal to romantic teens, and there's one standout performance: Riggle, in a rare extended dramatic appearance. He ekes out a few chuckles as Katie's devoted dad, but, more importantly, he provides ballast and emotional realism.
More of that grounding might have benefited Midnight Sun. Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about how Midnight Sun depicts teen drinking. Was it portrayed responsibly? Were there realistic consequences? Why does that matter? How realistic does the movie feel? Does everyone behave believably? Does that even matter, or do you put that all aside when watching a romantic drama?
What did you think of Katie's decision not to tell her boyfriend about her condition?