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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Honesty will always prevail over deception, and people who lie will be exposed.
Positive Role Models
Alice is the victim of an unfortunate accident and is distressed to learn there's no system in place to help her. Taking matters into her own hands, she tries to right the wrong and won't take no for an answer. That kind of determination will always help you get what you need.
Violence & Scariness
Two men get into a brief scuffle. A men's group ritual involves a duel with flaming torches. The film starts with a mishap involving a nail gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One sex scene, played partly for laughs, has plenty of noises and brief glimpses of hands or feet reaching into the frame -- the rest of the participants' bodies are off screen. A man and woman are seen briefly in their underwear. A woman talks about her sex life, with a few private details. Innuendo. Birth control (condom) is shown on screen.
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Strong language includes "bitch," "s--t," "d--k," "whore," "ass," "crap," and "screwed." A young girl says she wants to "f--k s--t up."
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Products & Purchases
A Trojan condom gets some prime screen time at a key moment.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink while relaxing and socializing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Accidental Love is a black comedy that exposes the not-so-noble inner workings of Washington, while focusing on a waitress who's the victim of an unfortunate industrial accident involving a nail gun. There's a good bit of swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k," sometimes spoken by a young girl) and some not-so-subtle sexual innuendo, as well as one sex scene that's over the top and played for humor. Nothing graphic is shown, but there are plenty of noises. A condom is seen on screen. There's a little fighting, characters duel with flaming torches, and there's some social drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
ACCIDENTAL LOVE is stylized and over the top, with an eye toward mining laughs from the sheer absurdity of its central situation. Done right, films like these can be hilarious, but when they're not, they come across as tin-eared and woefully fatiguing. Unfortunately, Accidental Love falls into the latter category. The movie was directed by David O. Russell but credited to "Stephen Greene" after Russell decided to remove his name from the film.
Gyllenhaal is game, but the way he plays his character with so much manic energy and so little awareness is perplexing. Biel is supposed to go from one extreme to another, courtesy of the nail that affects different parts of her brain, but she plays it all on the same continuum: sweet, wholesome, uninteresting. The story has promise, but the execution falls flatter than the proverbial pancake. Bottom line? The world is still waiting for the great comedy about nail injuries, health insurance and politics.
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