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All About Nina

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Very dark, brutal drama about how a wounded woman copes.

Movie R 2018 97 minutes
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Eva Vives' extremely dark, brutal drama is made lighter by Winstead's aching, acidly funny performance -- as well as by the difficult hope that honesty and sympathy can eventually win the day. All About Nina may deal with the business of comedy, and a good deal of it is funny. But the actual weight of it lies in real-world pain and the idea that all of Nina's neuroses (her caustic comedy, her penchant for meaningless sex, and her hard drinking) come from one source.

Writer/director Vives, who co-wrote Raising Victor Vargas and makes her feature directing debut here, can't keep all of this flowing smoothly. It's a bumpy ride, transitioned from the comedy stage to real-life by Nina's compulsive vomiting after every set. The collection of supporting characters, from Common and del Castillo to Clea DuVall, Jay Mohr, Camryn Manheim, and a blink-and-you'll-miss-her Melonie Diaz, never really break past two dimensions, though Beau Bridges as the Lorne Michaels-like "Larry Michaels" has one of the movie's most powerful moments. Nevertheless, the movie's scorching devotion to truth and Winstead's amazing conviction make this one a winner.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 28, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: December 18, 2018
  • Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead , Common , Kate del Castillo
  • Director: Eva Vives
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: The Orchard
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexual content and language throughout, some nudity and brief drug use
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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