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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the iffy stuff is the idea that sometimes, you may be the biggest thing in the way of your own success. Also, relationships aren't meaningless just because they don't work out -- they can teach you about yourself.
Positive Role Models
Martin is kind and well-meaning, if under-confident and self-questioning. He jumps in to help his ex-girlfriend's father look for her, despite having had his heart broken.
Violence & Scariness
Fist fights in bars and apartments. A man is Tasered during a confrontation with police.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Allusions to sex; one scene shows characters happening upon an S&M session (a woman whips a man's backside, they're dressed in leather, etc.). Kissing and brief nudity, including bare breasts. A stoned guy talks about having a threesome.
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Everything from "f--k" (and its many variations) and "s--t" to "goddamn," "ass," and more.
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Products & Purchases
The main characters spend much of the film driving around Los Angeles in a Volvo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and get high on weed (they use a bong). One scene shows a man brandishing magic mushrooms and later eating them. A guy talks about needing to call his dealer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Nighter follows a man (Emile Hirsch) and his ex-girlfriend's dad (J.K. Simmons) on 24 hours' worth misadventures as they try to track down the woman they have in common, who's suddenly hard to reach. The unlikely pair end up in bar brawls and raucous nightclubs and eventually break a few laws. Expect plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.), as well as drinking and drug use -- including pot and a guy tripping hard on mushrooms. Sexual content is pretty racy, too: One scene shows characters happening upon an S&M session, and bare breasts are seen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Thanks to the chemistry between Hirsch and Simmons, this "one crazy night" comedy works. Watching the two of them make their way through this amusing, if not especially inspired, film -- a buddy comedy of sorts -- is lots of fun. But All Nighter's script is flabby, and the misadventures thrown the main characters' way aren't all that compelling. Plus, the conclusion to their heroes' journey, which was sparked by a seeming mystery (the sudden unreachability of Ginnie), ends up being much ado about nothing.
All Nighter has some interesting things to say about relationships and what we learn from them, as well as what friendship means in this too-busy, too-hectic world. But it says them in such an unassertive and not altogether convincing way that it feels quite lightweight. Still, see it for the two stars.
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