Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 112 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 15+. It’s a coming-of-age film set in the 1960s, so you have the typical cursing (lots of the f-word); some drug and alcohol use; and implied and depicted sex scenes, with some female toplessness. But it doesn’t feel exploitative, crude, or over-the-top; everything seems true to the time and therefore appropriate for teens interested in the era.
If you were a teenager in the ’60s, David Chase’s ‘Not Fade Away’ will feel very familiar indeed. As homage to the music and movies of the period, Chase pretty effectively taps into its rebellious vein—but the film suffers from a nonlinear structure and a ridiculously abstract ending that muddles what came before.
By Roxana Hadadi
According to “Not Fade Away,” the ’60s were about rock and roll; feminine haircuts on men; pretty girls who could save your life; and parents who just don’t understand. Not much has changed since then, not really. Justin Bieber’s bangs were pretty womanly, weren’t they? And teenagers still find reasons to fight with their parents. But what writer and director David Chase tries to achieve with his film is demonstrate how the ’60s changed an entire culture’s view of the meaning of life. It’s an ambitious goal, and “Not Fade Away” kind of works, until Chase blows the entire film to bits. The ending—oh, what a terrible ending.