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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that All I See Is You is an emotionally brutal relationship drama about a blind woman (Blake Lively) who regains her sight and re-evaluates her marriage. It has strong sexual content, including partial nudity (breasts, bottoms, etc.) and several encounters that some might consider kinky/unusual. There's also strong language ("f--k," "s--t"), some drinking and smoking, and plenty of adult themes. But its bleak view of human behavior might be the most upsetting part for younger viewers.
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What's the story?
ALL I SEE IS YOU follows Gina (Blake Lively), who was blinded in a childhood car crash. As an adult, she lives happily with her doting husband, James (Jason Clarke), in Thailand. But after a surgical procedure partially restores her sight, she begins to reassess her happiness -- and her marriage. She finds herself exploring to make up for lost time, alarming James. What will each of them do to live in the world they want?
Is it any good?
This well-acted, boldly directed psychological drama offers a bare-knuckles view of an accelerated kind of relationship decay. All I See Is You uses the idea of a happily married blind woman regaining her sight, then re-evaluating her marriage, to examine the primal fear most people in relationships have had at some point: that their so-far content partner might suddenly want out. Gina lives in a kind of bubble, cared for by the doting, if ordinary, James. She doesn't know what he looks like -- or, more significantly, what she does, as an adult. The operation that restores her sight early in the film not only allows her to see the world and all its colors again but makes her "see" herself and her life in a totally different light. She reassesses her self-worth and, despite James doing nothing wrong, her contentment with him. James finds himself struck by jealousy in the wake of his wife's sudden confidence and sexual power.
Director/co-writer Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Stay) has had success with adult themes and getting strong performances from his stars. Here, Lively manages to stay sympathetic as the initially sweet, open woman who experiences multiple awakenings after regaining her sight. Without excusing Gina's behavior, the film at least makes her actions understandable. And Clarke is Exhibit A in the category "Actors Who Are Good in Everything." His James seems like the perfect husband ... until his foundation is shaken by jealousy. Miquel Fernández has an amusingly abrasive turn as a brother-in-law. Forster uses strong subjective cinematic technique to let us into Gina's experience, creating tension without resorting to clichés. The sexuality in the film plays as a reflection of Gina's awakening to the world beyond her old one, potentially leaving James and all his limitations behind. All I See Is You is no thriller (which some seem to have expected it to be, perhaps based on marketing), but its exploration of how far Gina and James will go for happiness is unsettling.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how All I See Is You depicts sex. Is it loving and fulfilling or something else? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
How are people with disabilities such as blindness typically depicted in movies? How is the blind character treated differently here?
James seems like the perfect husband, but things change after Gina regains her sight. Why do you think he does what he does toward the end of the film?
Gina seems suddenly dissatisfied with her life and marriage, despite James' efforts. Before the sabotage, did he actually do anything wrong? Why do you think her attitude changed?
- In theaters: October 27, 2017
- On DVD or streaming: February 6, 2018
- Cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski
- Director: Marc Forster
- Studio: Open Road Films
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 110 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong sexual content/nudity, and language
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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