Couple charms in cute romcom; swearing, drinking, sex.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Mexico-set romcom At Midnight has some swearing, drinking, and sexual situations and references. There's nudity but no private parts shown. Adults flirt, kiss, and sleep together. No sexy scenes are shown beyond kissing, but a couple wakes up naked together under blankets, and there's discussion of one-night stands, getting fired for sleeping with clients, "big t-ts," "c--k," being "horny," doing "naughty things," Grindr, and being good at sex. Other spoken or subtitled language includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "goddamn," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," and "d--k." A comment, meant to be funny, suggests gender inequity in the film industry was built on the back of Shirley Temple, described as a 5-year-old girl in a miniskirt made to dance on men's laps.
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What's the Story?
Just as they're about to fly to Mexico for the last few weeks of filming on their superhero franchise, actress Sophie Wilder (Monica Barbaro) catches co-star and boyfriend Adam Clark (Anders Holm) cheating on her when AT MIDNIGHT beings. Reeling from the incident, Sophie is convinced by her handlers not to make a breakup public until after the new film premieres. On her first day at the resort in Mexico, Sophie meets handsome hotel junior manager Alejandro (Diego Boneta), and the two feel an instant attraction. But dating could jeopardize her public image as well as his employment, which is his stepping stone toward his dream of opening his own boutique hotel.
Is It Any Good?
Featuring charismatic performances from Barbaro and Boneta, this old-fashioned, Mexico-set romance is surprisingly charming. At Midnight isn't a perfect film: Some of its transitions are clumsy, and the script gets pretty hokey at times. The film is best when it lets its charming lead couple interact in a sincere way rather than focusing on formula standards, like the comedic best friend or a forced third-act conflict.
The inside-Hollywood humor -- sending up superhero franchises, patriarchal systems, and oily managers -- is very funny. The film shows off its bright Mexico locations at the beach resort and in a gorgeous tribute to Mexico City's sights and colors. There are also nods to classical Hollywood, including an orchestral score, perky opening credits, and repeated references to previous films, all of which give this tale a unique appeal among other recent romcoms.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Sophie and Alejandro are both similarly stuck in their lives, and how each takes new steps forward in At Midnight.
How does this film poke fun at some Hollywood stereotypes?
What other films does At Midnight reference? Does the film feel intentionally old-fashioned to you? How so?
- On DVD or streaming: February 10, 2023
- Cast: Monica Barbaro, Diego Boneta, Anders Holm
- Director: Jonah Feingold
- Studio: Paramount+
- Genre: Romance
- Run time: 100 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: some language
- Last updated: February 21, 2023
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