Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Reviewed by: Madeline St. John

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the fourth movie of the Avengers series. After the tragic events that took place in Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018), the universe and half the population disappeared from existence. In this fourth movie, the Avengers assemble once again to reverse the actions of Thanos, and restore the universe.

I would suggest the audience for this movie to be for anyone who is 13 years or older. I recommend 13+ because there are major scenes of violence throughout the movie that may not be appropriate for younger viewers

Movie Smoking or vaping status:

 

Did the absence of tobacco or vaping affect the plot or quality of the movie?

 

The absence of tobacco and vaping had no affect on the overall quality of the movie.

Did the characters appear less believable/realistic because they did not use tobacco or vape?

The characters appeared to be adventurous and believable with the absence of tobacco and vaping use.

What are the benefits of not having tobacco or vaping products (e.g. e-cigarettes) present on the screen?

Not having tobacco or vaping products in the movie had the benefit of showing the audience that you don’t need to use tobacco or vaping products to be seen/viewed as cool, or heroic. Since the movie is targeted towards teens and young adults, it is important that this movie demonstrate that you can be just as strong, adventurous, and heroic as the characters are without the use of those products.

 

After

After (2019)

Reviewed by: Ally Ireland

AFTER is about Tessa Young, a young girl whose life is dedicated to school, her boyfriend, and pleasing her mother. She enters college, and instantly hits it off with her roommate who starts taking her to parties, and teaching her how to have a little fun with her life. Her mother and boyfriend at home both disapprove of this new Tessa instantly, but that doesn’t matter to her, because of Harden Scott. He makes her question her entire life up to this point, and makes her want to live, instead of just walking through life trying to live up to her mother’s expectations.

I would suggest this movie to females in their teens. The movie is centered on college students; which younger generations can relate to much better than adults. There is mild mature subject matter including parties, mild sexual content, and mature subject matter.

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  • What was happening in the scenes with smoking / vaping?

The main character Tessa’s roommate was hitting a juul when Tessa first arrived to college. There was also a scene at a party where someone was recording another person hitting a vape because “it looked cool”.

  • Would you notice if the smoking / vaping was taken out of the movie?

I would not, because the vaping did absolutely nothing for the plot, except make the characters seem more like typical “college students”.

  • Did the movie show the real health effects and consequences of tobacco use?

There were no health effects of nicotine use shown in the film.

Game Night

Game Night

Game Night (2018)

Reviewed by: Priyanthi Param

Game Night is a comedy/mystery/crime/action film rated 14A and is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It premiered February 23rd 2018 and stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, and many others. Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) fall in love after playing game nights with their friends. However, their marriage becomes a bit exhausted due to their inability to have kids. To which their doctors speculate that it is stress caused by Max’s successful and popular brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler). Not to mention that his brother’s impending arrival to town causes him to be a bit uneasy and jealous. When Brooks decides to host a game night with Max, Annie, and some friends, he decides to take game night to a whole new level with promises of thrills with a reward of his new sports car. The plan of the game is a fake kidnapping of one player and the other contestants are to find the player kidnapped. But the game takes a twist, as they later find out that it’s not “fake” after all.

Both John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have yet again brought an adrenaline-filled movie to us. Throughout the movie, there were many twists and turns, comic scenes, and seat jumping incidents that brought the audience many laughs and shocks. Overall, I would say that the movie is great to watch with a group of friends. I would recommend this movie to those who are 16+, as there are some scenes of violence, coarse language, light alcohol use and a few adult jokes.

Is there any smoking in the movie? There was no tobacco present in the movie, (however there was alcohol present).

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Did the absence of tobacco affect the plot or quality of the movie? The absence of tobacco did not affect the quality or plot of the film. The characters had not seemed less realistic or believable as they did not use tobacco.

 

Wonder

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Wonder (2017)

Reviewed by: Sal Sabila

Wonder is originally based on the New York best-selling book “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. It is rated PG and directed by Stephen Chbosky. It stars familiar faces including Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Mandy Patinkin. There is absolutely no smoking in the movie. We have encountered audience members of all different ages from infant-adults. Overall, this incredible movie can attract anyone’s attention due to its strong message of spreading kindness and love instead of judging each other for who we are. The plot of the story is surrounded by a boy named “August Pullman”, also known as “Auggie”, who has a face deformity due to Treacher Collins Syndrome. Auggie has never been to a regular elementary school until grade 5. His mother takes the first step by making the decision of sending Auggie to school. Even though his father was reluctant about sending Auggie to school at first, he manages to accept her decision. It was a difficult transition for Auggie. Due to his unique look, he is constantly made fun of by some of his peers. Eventually, people start to speak to him and realize that Auggie Pullman is a human being just like rest of them. Even though he looks a bit different from everyone else, he has dreams of becoming an astronaut, a strong aptitude for science and he loves Star Wars like a lot of us. The movie ends with Auggie Pullman attending his graduation ceremony where he receives a special honour for being very brave and courageous when faced with difficulty in life. One of the most important lessons that anyone will take from the movie is that “When you have to choose between being right and kind, choose kind”.

Was there any smoking in the movie? No, not at all.

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Did the absence of tobacco affect the plot or quality of the movie? The absence of tobacco did not affect the plot or the quality of the movie at all.

What are the benefits of not having tobacco present on the screen? The characters did not appear any less believable for not using tobacco. Movies like Wonder try to promote positivity and love for each other. Smoking is not beneficial for our health in any way.

Why do you think the movie-makers chose to keep tobacco out of this movie? I think one of the reasons why the movie-makers decided to keep it smoke-free is because the movie is intended for families to watch together. There is a lot to learn from this movie and smoking is definitely not one of the lessons that the movie-makers would like to promote.

 

Justice League

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Justice League (2017)

Video Review By: REACT Niagara Youth

Release Date: November 16th 2017

Rated: PG

Genre: Action, Superhero, Adventure, Fantasy Film

Was there smoking in this movie?

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Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: Bodied

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Bodied (2017)

Reviewed by: William Godkin

Bodied was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was not given an official rating. It is a comedy and drama film directed by Joseph Kahn. Interesting to note that this film was produced by Eminem himself. Firstly, I do believe that it was a good movie although it probably won’t appeal to everyone’s tastes. I would rate this movie a 4 out 5. As there was tobacco presence in the film, it should be given an 18A rating. Aside from that, it was a good movie as it shows us as viewers a bit about the lives of battle rappers.

Was there smoking in the movie? Yes there was.

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Would you notice if the smoking was taken out of the movie?  No I would not notice.

What was your reaction to seeing the characters use tobacco? The few smoking scenes did not need to be there. For example, there was a scene where Behn Grymm vomits after he lights up a smoke. The reason I think that they did this in the movie was because a lot of people believe that smoking relieves stress, but in reality, smoking increases one’s heart rate.

Did the movie show the real health effects and consequences of tobacco use? No they did not.

 

Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: Porcupine Lake

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Porcupine Lake (2017)

Reviewed by: Darlene Lyon and Tyler Harnish (Hamilton Public Health Smoke Free Movies Project Lead)

Porcupine Lake is a Canadian drama film rated PG, it was premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and is directed by Ingrid Veninger.  The movie weaves a story about two pre-teens learning to deal with life’s struggles which include dealing with family, relationships and friendships after Bea moves to Port Severn, Ontario with her mother, Ally. Bea is desperately looking for a friend in this new town, which she was able to find in a local girl Kate. Kate’s family has many struggles- her single mother is always hungover, a sister who is also a single mother, and her brother Romeo who has anger issues after a motorcycle accident. The girls both use their bravery to help them deal with all of the struggles they face during the summer before Bea returns to Toronto. The two become really close throughout the movie forming a really strong and unbreakable friendship even after both families try to pull them apart. Both Kate and Bea refuse to listen to their parents and continue to see each other. During all of this, Bea’s mother and father are constantly fighting over the diner her father inherited. Bea’s mother wants him to sell the diner and move back to the city to help the family.

Was there smoking in the movie? Yes.

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Who was smoking? Ally is the only person in the film Porcupine Lake who used tobacco. During the movie she smoked cigarettes twice- once during the beginning of the film and then another halfway throughout the movie.

What was happening in the scenes with smoking? During the scenes that had smoking in them both of them were when Ally was under stress about the girls’ relationship as well as the family issues happening.

Would you notice if the smoking was taken out of the movie? In my opinion the smoking did not need to be used throughout this film, it did not really have much of an impact on the film. In our opinion, the movie should use a rating of 18A, due to the content of the film.

Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: The Mountain Between Us

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

Reviewed by: Blessing Nkennor

The Mountain Between Us was premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and is a romantic survival/adventure film starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. It is directed by Hany Abu-Assad and is based off a novel written by Charles Martin. It tells the story of a surgeon and journalist who survive a plane crash in the mountainous region of Utah and must rely on each other to survive. I really enjoyed watching this movie. Most of the movie contained both main characters, but they managed to sustain my attention throughout. A great mix of suspense, thriller, balanced with humour and light romance. I would definitely watch this movie again. It is also rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, injury images and brief strong language.

Was there smoking in the movie? No, it was smoke-free!

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Did the character appear less believable/realistic because they did not use tobacco? Certainly not. I can’t imagine how tobacco use would’ve helped tell the story better. The characters appeared very realistic.

What are the benefits of not having tobacco present on the screen? There are several reasons why people smoke, and one of them might be due to stressful events. Both of the main characters went through very traumatic experiences throughout the film—from being stuck on a mountain without adequate food, to burying their pilot, almost falling off a cliff, and attempting to commit suicide. However, tobacco was not used as a coping response to stress, which is beneficial because if used, it might have given an unrealistic idea of when to use tobacco, without showing its associated health risks. This is especially beneficial for viewers who are not educated about the health risks of tobacco, or who are considering smoking.

Why do you think the movie-makers chose to keep tobacco out of this movie? They chose to keep tobacco out perhaps because it would not have told the story any better. In addition, the Mountain Between Us is a romance-disaster film; I think the movie-makers were more focused on conveying the romantic outcome between the main characters.

Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: What Will People Say

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What Will People Say (2017)

Reviewed by: Wendy Tu

What Will People Say premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and featured the life of a Pakistani-Norwegian adolescent girl growing up in Norway. She encounters cultural challenges and family disputes which prompted her father to send her to Pakistan to learn more about Pakistani culture. Against her personal beliefs, she chooses to follow her family’s wishes and get married in Canada to eventually become a housewife. She runs away from home, with her father’s silent understanding.

Was there smoking in the movie? Yes, there were a few instances of tobacco use. The girl’s father was smoking outside of the convenient store with a few friends. Her grandmother in Pakistan smoked in front of the entire family exclaiming that it helped with her digestion. Her adolescent friends were also smoking at a social event.

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Would you notice if the smoking was taken out of the movie? No, I would not notice.

What was your reaction to seeing the characters use tobacco? I reacted in a surprised way to see the adolescents smoking because they are so young. I was also surprised to see the grandmother’s reasoning for smoking (to aid in digestion).

Did the movie show the real health effects and consequences of tobacco use? They did not explain the health consequences of smoking. They kind of did the opposite when the grandmother was talking about the “health benefits” of smoking.

Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: Black Cop

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Black Cop (2017)

Reviewed by: Sofiya Yamnyuk

Black Cop, a drama film presented at TIFF  2017 gave an eye opening view about current racial profiling and police violence. It is rated 14A and is directed by Cory Bowles.  This Toronto film follows a black cop around as he impulsively decides to treat white civilians as black people are treated. It has opened my mind about the discrimination that happens in our society today. It was accurately rated.

Was there smoking in the movie? There were no smoking occurrences in this film.

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What are the benefits of not having tobacco present on the screen? With tobacco absent from the film, the atmosphere, plot and emotional connection in the movie did not change.

Why do you think the movie-makers chose to keep tobacco out of this movie? Given the subject matter of the film, smoking would have not changed the emotional connection the audience felt with the topic of racial discrimination. The movie-makers decision to keep the movie smoke-free was a good one.

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