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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Selfish behavior and references to marital strife.
Violence & Scariness
Character attacks a car with golf clubs, threatened violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An intimate scene between committed couple, references to sleeping around, teenage pregnancy.
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Joking insults and name calling, strong language used by angry characters and an angry marital dispute.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, reference to drinking problem, references to pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bobby Darin suffered from painful rheumatic fever as a child, was physically unwell, and died from his illness at the age of 37. This movie portrays his suffering as well as his death, which younger audiences might find scary. Mature themes, complicated characters, and implicit alcohol abuse make this movie inappropriate for sensitive viewers. Also, two characters die. Expect frequent swearing and insults, strong angry language, and references to sleeping around. A committed couple shares a scene of implicit sexuality. There is a raging marital dispute, ongoing arguments between friends and family, as well as questionable priorities for characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Spacey also directed this film, and his bravery in choosing the subject is as evident as the bravery Darin exhibits in overcoming painful illness to succeed on stage. The challenge is that Darin is not all that likeable. His ambition and disconnect with others results in the sense that we are watching a tightly self-controlled character actor (Spacey) play a tightly self-controlled performer whose story is interesting and at times like a soap-opera but ultimately devoid of real feeling.
Spacey, older than Darin at his early death, was criticized for playing the part himself. That critique is unfair as Spacey gives a fantastic, nuanced portrayal of a performer who was a complicated man, who lived by his façade. This movie detracts nothing from the toe-tapping appeal of Darin's music, while adding nothing to the appeal of the man himself. There's not much here for kids -- they aren't likely to care. Some may want to watch to see Kate Bosworth, but otherwise you might want to save this for a night when the kids are out.
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