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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messages are undercut by movie's unconvincing nature. But there are themes of generosity in some vignettes, and it takes a stab at solidarity with #MeToo.
Positive Role Models
A woman who works with refugees is dedicated, opens her heart to a child. An immigrant taxi driver is spirited. A female puppeteer is artistically fulfilled.
Violence & Scariness
A man punches a woman in the stomach, is then restrained. Talk of a stabbing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief views of naked breasts. Men and women are shown in their underwear in sexual situations. A stunted sexual encounter. Bordello. Public sexual encounter.
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Multiple uses of "f--k," plus "Jesus f---ing Christ," "bitch," "a--hole," "p---y."
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Products & Purchases
BMW and Porsche prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink in bars and at home. A 16-year-old drinks beer, which is apparently legal in Germany. He gives an adult he has just met an unidentified drug that he's also presumably taken.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Berlin, I Love You is an entry in the "Cities of Love" series of anthology films, which collect several loosely bound short narratives featuring all-star casts. Some of the vignettes involve romance; some involve crime. Violence is limited to a man punching a woman in the stomach and talk of stabbing. But there's a fair bit of racy content, including naked breasts, characters in their underwear, and sexual encounters. Swearing is also frequent, with multiple uses of "f--k," plus "bitch" and others. The massive cast includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Luke Wilson, Diego Luna, Dianna Agron, and many more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film's failure is proof that crafting a great short is an underrated skill, and all the star power in the world can't make up for the lack of it. Berlin, I Love You is all unconvincing romances, nonengaging exposition, and unearned sturm und drang. There's a pandering #MeToo-inspired episode in a fantasy laundromat that climaxes in an unappealing song-and-dance number featuring laboriously worked-in shouts of "Me too!" and "Time's up!" But the film's worst segment is truly objectionable, written by Neil La Bute, directed by Til Schweiger, and starring Rourke and Garrn. The dialogue sounds like someone took speeches from noir seduction scenes, put them in a blender, and gave them to the actors the second before the cameras started rolling. It's hard to tell whether its "shocking" ending is meant to be a twist, but, as it's not surprising in the least, the entire experience of viewing the segment is stomach-turning. Those who don't stop watching after that one won't find the rest of the film particularly redeeming.
The bright spots are few and far between, but there are a few. Kekilli charms as a tough-to-bring-down taxi-driving immigrant in a segment with another Game of Thrones alum, Rheon. Alas, it ends at the moment it becomes about something other than her charisma. A bit with Diego Luna as a drag queen is warm. How the filmmakers got Mirren is a mystery, but clumsy exposition threatens to smother her refugee-crisis piece with Knightley until the exercise is more or less redeemed by a single gesture. If you want to see some fascinating limited-length narratives, the annual crop of Oscar-nominated shorts are usually far more affecting or thought-provoking (and worthy of your support) than anything in Berlin, I Love You.
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