A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Accident with injuries (offscreen), fish hook injury (on screen).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, including statutory rape.
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Some very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one character is attracted to underage girls and has sex with a girl who, despite clear indications that she approached him, is too young to legally consent to sex. There are other sexual references, including a character who takes off all her clothes as a way to seduce another character and a discussion about whether Claire will do a nude scene, as provided in her contract. Characters drink and smoke and use strong language. Many make moral compromises that parents will want to discuss with teens who see the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer/director David Mamet clearly relishes the chance to skewer some of the people he has met on his previous movies, but it is done with a light, even romantic, touch. In one of the movie's funniest scenes, Mamet turns the most well-established conventions of farce upside down as, for once, a character behaves sensibly and trusts another character instead of believing the circumstantial evidence. Then, just to make sure we don't take anything for granted, he has another character do the same thing and be completely wrong.
Mamet does not make this a story of city slickers taking advantage of country yokels or of crafty country people triumphing over the corrupt city folks. Both sides have a range of characters with a range of motivations and moral compasses. Joe keeps saying that his movie is about purity and second chances. So is this one, with a lulu of a second chance for one character who really needs it. Consistent with Mamet's duality throughout the movie, other characters who do not deserve second chances get them, but those are probably just "a second chance to make the same mistake again."
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