All Good Things

  • Review Date: December 1, 2010
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010

Common Sense Media says

Depressing "true" story of violence and destroyed lives.
  • Review Date: December 1, 2010
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The central couple makes all the wrong moves; they start out marrying for love, but then major life decisions drive a wedge between them. They grow violent toward one another and then grow apart. They rarely talk or work together try to solve these problems, and eventually their path leads to much darker places.

Positive role models

David gives up his dream to work for his father, and it costs him his happiness. He begins to act crazy and violent and alienates his wife, who wants to have a baby. David and Katie continue to spiral out of control, getting worse and worse, without ever taking action to solve their problems or work together. Katie eventually realizes her dream of going to medical school, but she does so partly to hide from her pain and anguish. Both characters tend to drown their troubles in alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes.

Violence

Three (possible) murders are shown to varying degrees. Some happen totally off-screen, while one involves a gun and blood oozing from the back of the victim's head. Another victim is beaten to death but not shown. There are bloody clues pointing to the murders. Also occasional arguments and fits of rage; in one scene, the husband grabs his wife and drags her by the hair. She turns up with a black eye in another scene. Discussion of a past suicide.

Sex

The married couple flirts, kisses, seduces each other, and has sex. Nudity is limited to a shower scene in which breasts are visible in silhouette.

Language

Infrequent use of "f--k" and "motherf----r." Also "a--hole."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The characters regularly smoke cigarettes and pot and snort coke. They also drink quite often in a social context, i.e. beer and wine at dinner or harder drinks at parties.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this downbeat drama -- which is based on the true story of a man involved in a disappearance and two deaths over the course of 30 years -- tells the tale of a destroyed marriage and two miserable lives. There's some violence and blood related to the murders, as well as ugly fights between the married couple. They kiss and seduce each other and have sex (though there's little nudity). Language is limited to a few uses of "f--k," but there's lots of drinking and drug use, including cigarettes, cocaine, and pot. Teens may be interested to see what stars Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst are up to, but this depressing, flat movie won't cause much of a stir.

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What's the story?

David Marks (Ryan Gosling) is the son of a wealthy property owner (Frank Langella). He marries Katie (Kirsten Dunst), who is outside the family's social circle, and dreams of running a health food store. But eventually he succumbs to his father and goes to work for the family business, which begins a harrowing decline into anxiety and violence. Katie gets pregnant, but David refuses to become a father. They begin fighting and, eventually, living separate lives. Before long, David becomes involved in a disappearance and two mysterious deaths. Will he be made to face the consequences of his life, or will he simply disappear?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Director Andrew Jarecki, who gave audiences the brutally powerful dysfunctional family documentary Capturing the Friedmans, now turns his skills to his "based on a true story" feature film, his fictional debut. Interestingly, he takes a documentary-like approach to the material, narrating the tale with Marks' court transcript and filling in the blanks with deduction and imagination.

Unfortunately, the result isn't particularly engaging. The material is relentlessly harrowing, and it's difficult to know just where the characters stand: David is shown to be slightly unhinged, and there's no one to root for. Additionally, Jarecki employs some fairly standard-issue thriller elements, such as jump-shocks and things hiding in the shadows, which seem unworthy of this story. It's difficult, ultimately, to discern the point of the movie, other than to comment on how depressing and futile it all is.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the film. What has more impact: the things that are shown, or the ones that aren't? Which is more disturbing, the murders or the violence toward Katie?

  • The main characters tend to drown their troubles in drinking, smoking, and drugs. These activities never seem to get out of control, but does that make it all right? What would the consequences of this kind of behavior be in real life?

  • Could David have avoided all of his trouble if he had ignored his father and kept on living the life he dreamed of living?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 3, 2010
DVD release date:March 29, 2011
Cast:Frank Langella, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling
Director:Andrew Jarecki
Studio:Magnolia Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:drug use, violence, language and some sexuality

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Adult Written bykhan2705 December 6, 2010
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

extremely cliche, poor direction and screenplay, good performances

Inspired by the most notorious missing person's case in New York history, ALL GOOD THINGS is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s.

well i saw this movie which is based on a true story of unsolved murder case. its a drama thriller with romance of course. i was not expecting much from this movie when i saw it receiving not so good reviews. the only reason of watching this movie was seeing these two actors, the hot and handsome Ryan Gosling and the beautiful and gorgeous Kristen Dunst after a long time. well this movie turns out to be extremely CLICHE.

Its so Cliche, i mean i felt i have seen movies like it before, story was very Cliche. that thing does not effects me much for a movie because that is not the problem with me, i don't think that on certain plot if a movie is being made then there shouldn't be another one like it. i always find some difference and some new things in it and even if i mention it being Cliche, it doesn't effects the rating. but this movie was pretty average.

its all that a girl (poor one) meets a very attractive handsome rich man, falls in love then marry either way. things start to get little weird and strange day bu day, girl star finding secrets about the family, that handsome looking guy actually turns out to be a psycho man and he always loose control and beat and torture his wife, she separates, then he kills her. it was pretty much like it. but the few things that makes it somewhat different is that its based on a true story, the girl is actually missing not considered dead, which means the end. end of the movie is what makes it pretty different from other movies like it.

movies starts somewhat slow, takes sometime to develop and then everything just come rushing, everything start happening so fast which is a negative point and it seriously annoys me. towards the end it has some pretty shocking, mysterious and thrilling moments that are pretty good to watch. its actually a narrative movie, Ryan at his present old age is shown saying the story to the Court.

acting wise pretty good i will say, its the only positive point, Ryan Gosling did a fantastic job again, he is very good in his character. towards the end his strange Woman get up and that psycho killer thing was done very well by him. on the other hand Kristen Dust was awsome too. she played her character pretty good.

screenplay of this movie is very dull and much in places pretty hollow, story is not narrated in a right way. movie is very empty and lost in places. i even didn't felt much connected to the characters as well. direction is pretty weak as well. so i will say to AVOID IT.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bywonder dove October 22, 2013
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16
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Bland & Blah...

I wanted to see this movie so bad when it first came out. Mainly due to it's cast and true story. I ended up seeing it 2 years later when I bought it on DVD (same price as renting anyway). I didn't like it at all and was disappointed. The pace was quite slow and the story was not near as good and engaging as I'd hoped. However, Kirsten Dunst was terrific and Ryan Gosling was great playing a couple. Excellent acting but poor story. No excitement what so ever, even when the two are in love. Just a dark story about an unsolved murder. David Marks (Ryan Gosling) was unlikable from the start. I'd never watch this again. It gets 1 star for the acting. Language has several f-words in different forms, @sshole, some religious remarks. Violence includes references to several murders, gunshots, a man abuses his wife in a couple scenes - he drags her by her hair in anger while guests watch, same woman gets a black eye, two men fight violently, an elderly man on oxygen drops dead, characters throw fits and end up smashing objects, talk of an abortion, a husband tells his wife he doesn't want kids even though she's pregnant, lots of references to death including suicide. Sexual content has some passionate kissing of a married couple, sex scene shows removal of clothing and is brief with panting sounds, a woman joins her husband in the shower where you see her side-boob and they kiss for a second, neck kissing, movie theater shows a sex scene in a movie with light moaning, man swims in a lake with his underwear on, night club scene shows a topless woman, a woman gets pregnant. There's some drinking, pot use and cocaine snorting. Content is dark and certainly not for kids. 17+

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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