A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship and the importance of opening up and discussing emotions, feelings of depression. Though alcohol is celebrated, the devastating effects of it are also depicted.
Positive Role Models
Martin is in the midst of a mid-life crisis and is seemingly depressed and unable to motivate himself. His three teacher friends, Nickolaj, Tommy, and Peter have similar feelings. Together they decide to conduct an experiment where they consume a certain amount of alcohol in order to bring more joy and enthusiasm to their lives. At first the experiment improves their professional and personal lives. But the experiment soon escalates and alcoholism threatens them all. A film about male friendship and the role of alcohol in their lives, the few female characters are restricted to supporting roles.
Violence & Scariness
Passing reference to someone "blowing their brains out." Character drowns off-screen -- unclear whether they take their own life or if it is an accident. While drunk, someone walks into a door frame and suffers a bloody nose. Character passes out drunk and wakes with a bloody gash on their forehead. During a heated argument, a character smashes a glass.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple have sex in a tent. The scene is brief and non-graphic with no nudity. A character admits to having an affair. A character strips down to their underwear while drunk. Another is seen shirtless. Some brief kissing.
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Language includes "f--k," "f--king" "s--t," "ass" "crap," "piss," "goddammit," "dammit," "damn," "hell," "butt," "shut up," "God's sake," "pee," and "Christ" as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Some recognized alcohol brands can be seen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol -- and alcoholism -- is the central character in the movie. The four central characters conduct an experiment which involves maintaining a level of alcohol in their bloodstream. To do this they drink during the day -- including at work, where thy hide their booze -- and consume everything from beer to spirits and wine to cocktails. One character sniffs vodka and also takes unspecified prescription pills. The effects -- both good and bad -- are shown throughout. Characters are shown having a good time. But they are also seen falling over, passed out, injured, and suffering from memory loss. It also impacts their personal and professional lives. A character drowns while drunk. Teens are also seen drinking, including drinking games. Though they are generally seen enjoying themselves, they are on occasion shown misbehaving and even being sick. One student is given alcohol to drink before an oral exam to calm their nerves. Reference to a historical figure taking sleeping pills each night. Real footage of world leaders being drunk is shown. Characters are on occasion seen smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Another Round is an excellent Danish comedy drama (with English subtitles) with alcohol playing a central role in the story, as well some strong language. High school teacher Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and his three friends begin an experiment whereby they maintain a consistent level of alcohol in their blood. They are seen drinking in secret, during the day, and at school. Though the effects of drinking are initially shown to be fun, the downsides are also depicted, with alcoholism taking hold of some. Characters pass out, often injuring themselves -- Martin suffers a bloody nose and later a gashed head -- and in one case even drown. Their drinking also impacts their professional and personal lives. The drinking is not just restricted to the four main adult characters either. Teens are seen playing drinking games, misbehaving, and even being sick. There is strong language throughout, including variants of "f--k," along with "s--t," and "ass." There is one brief non-graphic sex scene and a married character admits to having an affair. Though the movie deals with some bleak adult themes, the friendship between the four central characters is positive. They encourage each other to talk about their feelings, even if alcohol is the catalyst for these conversations. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While its protagonists zig zag their way in a drunken stupor, this brilliant Danish comedy drama manages to navigate itself between joyfulness and sombreness without so much as a stumble. In Another Round, director and co-writer Thomas Vinterberg encapsulates all that alcohol gives but also all that it takes. When the four friends, led by the excellent Mikkelsen, decide to try and drink their way out of their midlife crises, the alcohol gives them a new lease of life. Their work lives improve and even Mikkelsen's seemingly doomed marriage looks to be back on track. But soon their experiment -- to maintain a consistent blood alcohol content of 0.05% -- begins to take over their lives with devastating consequences.
It's bleak stuff, yet such is the camaraderie between the four friends that you never feel overwhelmed, even when you know the good times are coming to an end. It's also refreshing to see four grown men speak so openly about their feelings, even if booze is the kickstart they need. In one of the movie's early scenes, while out celebrating a 40th birthday, Martin unexpectedly opens up to his friends about his feelings of loneliness and self-worth as he dabs away tears. It's a standout scene in what is a standout movie, which concludes with a dance routine that will bring a smile to your face whenever you think about it.
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