Parents' Guide to

Marlowe

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, drugs in slick, cynical private-eye story.

Movie R 2023 110 minutes
Marlowe Movie Poster: The face of Philip Marlowe looms in the upper right-hand corner, next to an image of the Cabana Club; the faces of six other major characters from the film appear smaller and along the left side, while the title appears to the right

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age 18+

Marlow

It was absolutely the worst movie ever. I feel sorry for Liam.

Is It Any Good?

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While the mystery here may disappoint Raymond Chandler fans, the rest of this well-crafted detective movie enthralls with its stylish, sordid underworld and fresh take on a classic character. Veteran director Neil Jordan directs Marlowe, and his high level of skill is immediately apparent. In his decades-long career, Jordan has proven to be most at home with crime stories, like this and the classic Mona Lisa. He has also worked with Liam Neeson several times, including on the biopic Michael Collins. Between them, there's hardly a misstep here, with Neeson finding Marlowe's complex moral center, as well as his dry charm. The catch is that this isn't a classic detective story like The Big Sleep. There isn't really an aha! moment in which everything becomes clear. Marlowe is more of a cynical, subversive story -- like Robert Altman's grungy version of Chandler's The Long Goodbye -- using its familiar setting and characters to uncover hypocrisy, greed, and immorality. It can feel like a bit of a drag, but the point is not to wallow in nostalgia, but rather to suggest that the good ol' days weren't necessarily good.

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