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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Examines the relationship between duty to country and duty to family. How far can a country go to make a person do something they feel is wrong? What's at stake? What's the punishment?
Positive Role Models
The main characters may be heroes in a certain light, but they're also struggling to make the best of a bad situation. They both kill in the line of duty, but there are consequences.
Violence & Scariness
A man is strangled to death. Guns and shooting. Several dead bodies, with bloody wounds. Grenade, explosions. Plane crash. A man with a horribly mangled face. Vomiting. A suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless woman. Intense sex scenes between the two main characters, but nothing sensitive shown. Suggested oral sex. Several couples (both opposite-sex and same-sex) kiss; suggested sex at a party (noises heard). Sex talk, flirting.
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Language is infrequent but includes a few uses of "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An alcoholic secondary character is shown "drying out" in prison (demanding more drink). Characters snort cocaine at a party. Frequent cigarette smoking. Drinking in a social context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Allied is an old-fashioned, well-crafted, mature WWII-era romance starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Violent scenes include guns and shooting, bloody wounds and dead bodies, a strangling, a plane crash, explosions, and a suicide. A wounded man has a horribly mangled face. There are several pretty intense sex scenes, one scene with a topless woman, and suggested oral sex. Several couples sneak off to have sex at a party, and others kiss and flirt. Language is infrequent but includes several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "goddamn," and "hell." There's a scene of characters snort cocaine, and an alcoholic secondary character is shown in a prison cell "drying out." Characters also smoke frequently (accurate for the era) and drink socially. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Deliberately evoking Casablanca, director Robert Zemeckis proves with this wartime romance that he's a highly skilled craftsman. With Allied, Flight, and The Walk, Zemeckis has embarked upon a new, mature chapter of his career. He doesn't totally shy away from the visual effects and big moments he's long been known for, but now he's more closely focusing on characters and their powerful longings and emotions. He seems to be choosing empathy and compassion, getting behind his characters 100 percent, no matter their failings or drawbacks.
Allied is beautifully constructed, with smooth, polished camerawork and editing, as well as evocative music and design. But it's never self-consciously arty. A love scene in a car in the middle of a desert sandstorm is beautiful, if just a teeny bit silly, but a raucous party sequence, peppered with fear and paranoia, is totally engrossing. Pitt and Cotillard are letter-perfect, not only looking the period, but also generating a warm, vivid onscreen chemistry. This is one of those big, old-fashioned movies "like the ones they used to make."
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