A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is mainly about pondering existence and searching for love and meaning -- but never finding any easy answers. Depicts regular life, including eating, urinating, showering, sex, etc.
Positive Role Models
The characters don't do anything admirable, except searching for some kind of meaning in their lives. The main character has extramarital sex.
Violence & Scariness
Mildly creepy nightmare-like sequences. Angry ranting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full-frontal animated nudity, both male and female. Graphic sex scene includes kissing, undressing, and the man performing oral sex on the woman (the sex is extramarital for him). A scene inside an adult shop shows sex toys and an antique Japanese mechanized doll with an exposed breast. Brief shot of a man masturbating while looking at a computer screen.
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Several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "a--hole," "bitch," "balls," "d--k," "goddamn," "damn," "idiot," and uses of "Jesus" and "God" (as exclamations).
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Products & Purchases
Mention of a Starbucks Frappuccino.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character smokes cigarettes and has several alcoholic drinks (with vodka); he gets a little drunk, with no repercussions. Two other characters also drink in a bar, getting a little drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated movie that's decidedly not for kids. It has a very graphic sex scene, with kissing, full-frontal nudity (male and female), oral sex, and more. There's also a scene set inside an adult shop in which various sex toys are shown, as well as additional sexual references and images. Language is likewise strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters drink cocktails and get happily drunk (no repercussions), and the main character smokes cigarettes. There are some slightly spooky nightmare-like sequences and some angry ranting. It's written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman, so fans of Being John Malkovich or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might be interested, but this one is a good deal darker and less hopeful. It's really for mature audiences only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Celebrated screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has fashioned this existential crisis as a dark, bizarre stop-motion animated movie, and while it's extraordinary in many ways, it's clearly not for kids. ANOMALISA began its life as a kind of radio play; then Kaufman enlisted animator Duke Johnson as a co-director, and they came up with an amazingly detailed, mundane, grimly comic world in which the puppets' seams are allowed to show. (This isn't a movie about smoothness.)
Fans of Kaufman's earlier, imaginative work -- like Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- will find Anomalisa a more dispiriting affair, with special attention paid to the imperfections of the human body and our sometimes-clumsy relationships with food, drink, and sex, not to mention longing for love and sense of purpose. The film pays special attention to sound -- not only spoken voices, but also music (Lisa sings a song that can break the heart). It's perhaps more hopeless than hopeful, but it's a deep, thoughtful experience.
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