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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages except that it helps to keep good notes and to be careful who you trust.
Positive Role Models
The female hero is strong willed but is mostly a victim and never really gets the chance to fight for herself. The rest of the characters can't really be trusted until we know who's who in the final reveal.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of brutal violence against a woman. A man bashes her with various blunt objects in a hotel room, and there are flashbacks to earlier bloody beatings. She fights back, hitting and stabbing the man, and emerges bloody and injured. A drop of blood falls on the camera lens while she records. Other scenes of a man slapping her, plus suggestions of emotional manipulation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple has sex in the bathroom, starting with passionate kissing. No nudity in that scene, but in another, the female lead's naked bottom is shown; she's also seen in a short, sexy robe. Nude centerfold pinups are very briefly seen hanging on an office wall. Discussion about how the female lead may have been cheating on her husband with another man, but she doesn't remember it.
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Language isn't constant but includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," and "prick."
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Products & Purchases
A Panasonic Lumix camera is an integral part of the plot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two glasses of red wine are on a table at dinner, but the characters aren't seen drinking. The female lead smokes a cigarette after sex.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Before I Go to Sleep is a thriller about a woman with amnesia. It contains a few scenes of very intense violence with a man brutally beating a woman. He slaps and hits her, and uses blunt objects. Lots of blood is shown. Language is infrequent but can be very strong, with uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There's one brief but strong sex scene, with kissing, but no nudity. Other sex scenes, and an extramarital affair, are suggested. The female lead's naked bottom is shown, and some pinup centerfolds are briefly seen. The female lead smokes a cigarette in one shot. A Panasonic Lumix camera is an integral part of the plot. With its grown-up cast and grown-up situations, it seems unlikely that teens will be interested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP feels like an slightly better-than-average made-for-cable movie from the 1990s. It's not particularly outstanding, but a pleasant surprise for viewers who might accidentally stumble upon it one night. Kidman is the main reason it works at all; she exudes old-fashioned star power, here coupled with an appealing vulnerability. Our hearts go out to her.
Working from a novel by S.J. Watson, writer and director Rowan Joffe -- the son of Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields, The Mission) -- dutifully deals out clues and red herrings, though he doesn't really make the best use of the amnesia angle (Christine could easily forget a crucial clue if she doesn't record it). Some of the surprises are more technical than emotional, but overall, the movie keeps up a good pace, hitting all the right beats. Yet it's still likely that you'll forget it all by morning.
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