A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tom Ripley lies constantly and commits murders.
Violence & Scariness
Two gruesome bludgeonings as well as other murders and some fights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man listens to a couple have sex. Several affairs take place. Two men bathe together.
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Products & Purchases
The American expatriates' relatively lavish lifestyles figure largely throughout the film.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is about a man posing as another to acquire his wealth and lifestyle – a process that involves homoerotic affairs, murder, and countless lies. Characters drink, smoke, have sex, lie, curse, get in fights and kill one another. Particularly upsetting are two of the murders that involve Tom bludgeoning characters to death. The pacing of the film is rather slow and will likely bore younger viewers used to more contemporary storytelling - despite the presence of teen idol actors. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Talented Mr. Ripley is extremely well-executed at most levels. The cast is exceptional throughout, and Matt Damon proves that he is quite capable of playing a sinister role convincingly. Playing the well-heeled, articulate Marge works well for Paltrow, displaying her usual regal presence.
Perhaps the best part about this movie is its exquisite recreation of 1950s Europe. The soundtrack, featuring original music by Gabriel Yared, is rather intoxicating, as viewers are treated to a smorgasbord of sumptuous scenery. Despite its rather excellent production values, Mr. Ripley tends to feel a bit slow. The plot takes a while to unfold, and viewers trained to watch recent films may find it tedious at times. Younger viewers, in particular, will not likely be appreciative of the plot's complexities and might find themselves squirming in their seats within the first hour.
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