A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (sometimes to excess), some "I need a drink" responses to stress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic showbiz drama has some powerful messages about ambition and betrayal. Eve manipulates others to get what she wants and succeed, and other characters initially believe her. There's also some social drinking representative of movies of the era. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
ALL ABOUT EVE has one of the most exceptional and most literate scripts ever written (by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also directed). This is not just the finest backstage drama ever filmed, but also a compelling parable of ambition and loyalty. Bette Davis is brilliant as Margo, bringing both the ferocity and the vulnerability of Margo to life. No one can forget her at the beginning of her party: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." She is the first to notice that Eve is not what she seems, but her friends assume it is just petty jealousy, and it only makes them want to protect Eve. Ultimately, the loyalty of all four friends keeps them together. And ultimately, Eve is reigned in by someone who is her equal, acidic columnist Addison De Witt (a silky George Saunders).
All About Eve won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Costume Design. Joseph L. Mankiewicz and his brother Herman (co-author of "Citizen Kane") were responsible for many of the finest scripts ever produced. And that is Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest appearances, as Miss Caswell.
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