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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters constantly involved in deception and frequently refuse to work together -- and they're the ones who are favored in the movie.
Positive Role Models
Main character is certainly resourceful and interesting, but also an unapologetic drinker who doesn't work well with others.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters shot and killed. Blood spatters. Exploding bomb. Brief images of guards hitting civilians.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images of naked women on the backs of playing cards. Sexy dancing girl on a TV screen.
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Several uses of "f--k," plus "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "ass," "goddamn," "whore," and "honest to God."
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Products & Purchases
Huge Pepsi sign shown in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character said to have a drinking problem. He's frequently seen drinking and often nurses a hangover, but there are otherwise no consequences; he's perfectly able to do his job. Social drinking at party. Smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beirut is a fictional political thriller about a 1980s hostage exchange. Expect lots of guns and shooting: Characters are shot and killed, and there are blood spatters. Bombs explode, guards hit civilians, and there's some arguing. The main character (played by Jon Hamm) is said to be an alcoholic; he drinks a lot and sometimes nurses hangovers, but otherwise there are no consequences. Characters also drink socially at a party, and there's some background smoking. Language is strong, with many uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t" and other words. Glimpses of naked women can be seen on the backs of a deck of cards and on a TV screen. This satisfyingly old-fashioned movie is a combination of smart situations and strong genre filmmaking; it doesn't have a huge amount of political or cultural significance, but it requires strict attention and is probably geared more toward mature teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With direction by pro genre filmmaker Brad Anderson and a smart, dense screenplay by Tony Gilroy, this political thriller is a satisfying combination of snaky, heady talk and fun popcorn thrills. Though by no means an accurate representation of a history -- or even of a culture -- Beirut feels like spy thriller the way they used to make 'em, with a big star drinking and swaggering his way through a role, staying one jump ahead of the bad guys and making it look good. Hamm captures just the right combination of emotional damage and seasoned expertise to make Mason Skiles compelling.
Gilroy, who wrote many of the Bourne movies, laces his script with barked arguments, terse meetings, heated accusations, furrowed-brow discussions, and realizations that certain parties can't be trusted. It's a bit brainy, and it requires viewers to pay attention. But the movie also knows when to cut loose with a chase, a foray into dangerous territory, or a shoot-out, and Anderson -- a veteran of horror and suspense, with films like The Machinist, Transsiberian, and The Call under his belt -- responds with crisp, tight, economical filmmaking. Despite its downbeat setting and bleak images, Beirut aims for diverting, grown-up entertainment and neatly succeeds.
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