A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be honest with your romantic partner, even if that means confessing to a transgression. Tell the truth, ask for forgiveness, and work together to get past the hurt. Encourages people with mental or emotional struggles and/or addictions to seek professional help and support.
Positive Role Models
Zoe's husband loves her and is faithful to her and eventually is willing to reconcile with her, despite her betrayals. Zoe's mother is supportive and loves her unconditionally. Zoe finally comes to terms with her painful past and decides to be honest and seek help.
Violence & Scariness
Two men knock out two other men -- both with objects they smash over the other man's head. Two men push each other but don't really fight. In a fit of anger, a man comes after the woman he supposedly loves with a knife. His feet are bloody from stepping over broken glass, adding to the disturbing nature of the scene. References to child abuse, rape, and domestic violence. A character is presumed dead after trying to commit suicide. A woman cowers in fear from her lover.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The entire movie deals with the protagonist's sex addiction, and there are many sex scenes, ranging from self-pleasure with the aide of an adult novelty toy and pornography to sex with her husband and lovers. Some of the scenes are partially clothed, but several involve nudity, and one scene takes place in a sex club where various couples are being sensual, engaging in S&M or having sex. Nudity includes women's breasts and entire backsides and men's chest and buttocks -- but no full-frontal nudity.
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The language grows in intensity and frequency as the movie progresses, with words like "f--k," "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," and "whore" being said mostly in the second half.
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Products & Purchases
Featured brands include Mercedes, Range Rover, Apple (iPhones and MacBooks), Razor scooter, Budweiser, and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine, beer, and cocktails, both at home and in bars/nightclubs. In one scene, Zoe takes a pill (presumably a club drug) to lower her inhibitions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Addicted is a steamy drama based on the novel by best-selling erotica author Zane. The main character is a sex addict who seeks physical gratification outside of her happy marriage. It contains elements of Unfaithful and Fatal Attraction, and -- like those two extramarital thrillers -- Addicted is strictly for adult audiences. Although there's no full-frontal nudity (many of the sex scenes involve partially dressed characters), there 's still a lot of graphic sex, ranging from husband-wife love scenes to an intense affair to casual encounters and self pleasure. One scene takes place in a sex club, and a couple of others show the protagonist watching pornography and pleasuring herself. In addition to the sex, there's quite a bit of strong language in the second half of the movie, including "f--k," "s--t, "a--hole," and "whore." There are also some scenes of domestic violence, references to child abuse and rape, and a moment when audiences assume someone is dead. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If all you're looking for is plenty of eye candy, this film will deliver, but don't expect anything more. A decade before E.L. James' sexed-up fanfiction 50 Shades of Grey became a cultural phenomenon, Zane's best-selling 2001 novel Addicted was the popular piece of erotica that launched a cable series and dozens of titillating novels. Mainstream America may not be aware of Zane's empire, but she's one of the most successful -- if also controversial -- black authors in the publishing world, so it's kind of surprising that it took eight years for Lionsgate (which optioned the novel in 2006) to translate Addicted from page to screen. Unfortunately, the result wasn't worth the wait, not matter how attractive the cast is or how competent their performances.
The problem with Addicted is the script; it's a weak adaptation that doesn't properly invest you in Zoe's home life (other than to make clear that she'd have nothing to complain about in the bedroom if it weren't for her own bottomless need) or her affairs. Leal is a talented actress, but in this she just basically walks around in her Olivia Pope-ish wardrobe thinking about or actually having sex. Zoe's addiction somehow gets worse even as she's under the care of a therapist, but it's never particularly believable, emotional, or heartbreaking -- like Diane Lane's affair was in Unfaithful. And speaking of Unfaithful (a far superior film), Levy might have beautiful eyes and amazing abs, but he's not nearly the seducer that Olivier Martinez was, and the former Dancing with the Stars stud doesn't have the acting chops to sell the brooding artist role.
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