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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Max is greedy and selfish and will walk over anyone to get ahead. People hate him, and he relishes it.
Violence & Scariness
Crazy driving while talking on a cell phone. Max falls into an empty pool and can't get out. Fanny floods it with water while he's in there.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance and flirting between characters, sexual banter, bedroom scene, female characters in tight dresses with cleavage.
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Pretty mild: "Hell," "ass," "bullocks."
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Products & Purchases
Sanyo; Max relies heavily on his Treo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, drinking, and getting drunk figure prominently in the storyline.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that main character Max is selfish and greedy and doesn't care who he hurts to get ahead. His whole life is about making money, and he revels in the fact that he's good at it, even though people hate him. Wine and drinking figure prominently in the storyline, and the romance between two characters gets a little steamy (they flirt, tear each other's clothes off, and end up in bed), but it's nothing teens haven't seen before. That said, most teens probably won't be too interested in this one, since it focuses on more mid-life issues. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
We've seen this passable movie before in various incarnations -- most notably Under the Tuscan Sun, with Diane Lane in the Russell Crowe part, discovering herself in the Italian countryside. Consequently, there are no surprises here. We know what's going to happen, and we know pretty much how it's going to happen.
That said, A Good Year is a nice production (with beautiful, sun-washed landscapes) by Ridley Scott, a great director who makes audiences care about his characters, even if everyone does know how things are going to turn out. Crowe does the bad-boy-turned-good role well, and manages to keep the pace moving along fairly well. All in all, this movie is a pleasant enough way to spend a couple of hours if you're not looking for anything earth-shattering.
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