House of Gucci
Gaga + vintage glam = fab fun; smoking, swearing, sex.
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House of Gucci
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that director Ridley Scott's House of Gucci is a glamorous examination of greed. A real-life murder looms over the story: In 1998, Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) was convicted of planning the assassination of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the former head of the Gucci fashion house. The film plays out like a real-world Dynasty; it's full of sex, betrayal, wealth, and all the excess of the 1980s. And while the film doesn't condone her actions, Patrizia is the main character, and her portrayal isn't unsympathetic. The clothes, the cars, the estates, the Italian locations, the makeup, the music -- everything here is dripping in style, and young viewers will eat it up. But that glamour extends to the way smoking is depicted: With every puff of a cigarette, you can practically hear the crackle of the burning tip and a silky whoosh with the exhale. There's also drinking throughout and strong, cruel language ("bitch," "f--k," etc.). Married characters have passionate sex, and there's partial nudity, including a man's bare bottom. Teens may well adore the haute couture aesthetic, the epic put-downs, and Gaga's hypnotic performance, but with the movie's two-and-a-half-hour running time, they may get antsy before its stunning conclusion.
I sexual scene that can be avoided, overall amazing movie with incredible acting and connection to actors
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Flashy fashion fun but not for kids
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What's the Story?
In HOUSE OF GUCCI, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) marries Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) over the protests of his father, Rodolpho (Jeremy Irons). As the couple builds a life together, Patrizia inserts herself into the family's fashion business, pushing out the Guccis by any means possible. The movie is adapted from Sara Gay Forden's 2001 nonfiction book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.
Is It Any Good?
With this juicy, delicious drama, director Ridley Scott proves it's always in fashion to expose the ugliness in beautiful things. The Gucci story is a take on the Cinderella fairy tale: The handsome heir in a family of wealth, power, and influence defies his father to marry a loving but low-status girl. The story is told through the perspective of that girl, Patrizia, which helps viewers appreciate what it would be like to wake up one morning and have it all: a loving family, an exciting social calendar, a life ensconced in jaw-dropping luxury. It's gleefully fun, but there's no happily ever after. Gaga demonstrates again that's she's a mesmerizing acting phenom. As Patrizia, she's adorable, sexy, smart, and almost uncomfortably relatable. Driver balances her larger-than-life presence with an understated performance, allowing viewers to understand why reserved and socially awkward Maurizio is drawn to her. Patrizia is big, bold, and manipulative; Maurizio is quiet and intellectual and compartmentalizes his emotions. Scott deftly exposes that these two personality types were a toxic combination: It was inevitable that their romantic sparks would grow into a five-alarm fire, burning everything to the ground.
Nearly all of the actors in House of Gucci are American, putting on Italian accents -- Gaga and Driver pretty believably, but virtually unrecognizable co-star Jared Leto is more ridiculous. As Paolo Gucci, he's a caricature so off the wall that it sucks you out of the film. But he's also the comic relief and is likely to keep teen viewers engaged. And the dialogue crackles with quotable lines, particularly insults. All of that said, the revelry, excess, and sizzling slams only go so far; listening to men in suits talk shop is enough to make anyone's mind wander, and at two hours and 38 minutes, we feel the drag. And then it's like Scott picks up on our boredom and applies the gas to get to the shocking conclusion, rushing crucial character development. House of Gucci is enthralling when we're immersed in a moving, breathing issue of Vogue, but we needed it to end like Psychology Today; instead, we're tossed the dog-eared pages of a National Enquirer.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the appeal of stories about the rich and famous. What makes them interesting? Why are we intrigued by the downfall of people like this?
Who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist in House of Gucci? Is Patrizia's experience relatable? Why do you think the filmmakers chose to show that her business instincts were right, considering that her actions were wrong?
How are drinking and smoking depicted here? Are they glamorized? Are there realistic consequences? Why does that matter?
- In theaters: November 24, 2021
- On DVD or streaming: February 22, 2022
- Cast: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Salma Hayek, Al Pacino, Jared Leto
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Studio: MGM
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, History
- Run time: 157 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: language, some sexual content, and brief nudity and violence
- Last updated: February 24, 2023
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