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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sheen's '70s-set comedy is a jumbled, sex-filled mess.

Movie R 2013 86 minutes
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Sheen playing basically a version of himself (the women, the booze, the drugs, the money) sounds good on paper, but in actuality it's predictable and boring. Roman Coppola is as well connected as a director can get: His father is Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola, his sister is Sofia Coppola, his cousins are Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman (who appears as Charles' singer-songwriter best friend), and his good friend and collaborator is director Wes Anderson. While Roman deserves credit for co-writing Moonrise Kingdom and assisting his sister on her projects, he's a self-indulgent director whose movie is little more than a stylized vanity project.

There are a few amusing visuals in the movie (like when feminist warriors aim their weapons at Charles for using one too many awful pick-up lines), but even the presence of Bill Murray, who pops up as Charles' put-upon business manager, does nothing to save this ridiculous exploration of a pathetic man's immaturity.

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