A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This dark comedy revels in its anti-happy ending: that to get anywhere in the art business -- and to get the girl -- you have to go to jail for something you didn't do.
Violence & Scariness
A serial killer is stalking the school, though the one murder depicted is shown in an over-the-top comic way that's not frightening. When a student is arrested, a cop warns about future rapes by inmates. One character dies in a fire off-screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lot of raunchy discussions of sex, though no actual sex happens. A father looks up the skirt of another young girl. A man poses naked in a live drawing class, and his penis is plainly visible. Audrey poses nude for the same class. When Jerome says he just had a date with his perfect girl, his roommate asks to smell his fingers. There's one lesbian kiss.
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Extensive swearing by everyone in the film, including "s--t," "f--k," "p---y," "faggot," "c--ksucker," "c--t," and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jerome is a chain-smoker by the end of the film. Audrey also smokes. Jimmy is an alcoholic, and Jerome and Jimmy drink together often.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the extensive swearing and raunchy discussion of sex make this a film for adults only. Plus, a serial killer is stalking the school and everyone smokes and drinks heavily. Parents should also know that women are treated as virginal, crazy, or pieces of meat in this film, so if girls do watch it, parents might want to discuss the portrayal of women afterwards. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL is the beaten-down, cynical hipster brother of American Pie -- all about how to be popular and how to get laid, but with worse language and a far bleaker outlook on life. There are lots of memorable turns in this film. John Malkovich is great as a dippy and untalented art teacher who advises Jerome to "expand and explore" his artistic horizons, and then criticizes him for being "all over the map." Joel Moore, who was fabulously geeky JP in Grandma's Boy, makes another great turn as the perpetual freshman who knows the lay of the land.
There's a lot, plot-wise, to recommend this film, and lovers of dark comedies will relish it. But you have to wonder what's so appealing about Audrey, aside from her beauty. We never find out what she's doing at the school, or why Jerome even really likes her. She's got the least personality of anyone in this film, and for female viewers, that's likely to be a big disappointment.
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