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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages women to not rely solely on men for fulfillment. Money isn't all you need to be happy; other aspects of life are more important than material wealth. It's possible to love again after loss. Promotes the idea that talent isn't reserved for those with privileged backgrounds and educations. As long as you're alive and safe, it's not too late to leave an abusive relationship and start again. Mixed message about adultery -- the movie suggests that it's allowable/understandable as long as you weren't the first to break the vows of marriage.
Positive Role Models
Bill is curmudgeonly but caring. He's both a best-selling writer and an inspiring teacher. Suzanne is figuratively blind to her husband's many indiscretions, but her story arc shows her opening her eyes to new ideas and the truth about her husband. Not much diversity.
Violence & Scariness
A man beats up and violently threatens three different people: someone in prison (which leads to an all-out fight), his protégé (in full public view of office mates, who don't come to the rescue), and a blind man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple undresses/changes in front of each other (woman shown in bra and panties). They also kiss and embrace. A character has an affair; couple is shown kissing and then is shown in bed the following morning. Undercover officer in a cleavage-baring dress lures a man who commits crimes in her presence. Discussion of adultery.
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Several uses of "f--k," "f--king," etc. Also "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "hell." Insults: "cretin," "repugnant," "cripple," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of or footage of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Mercedes, Chanel No. 5.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at parties and dinners, and one character snorts cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blind is a drama that reunites Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore for the first time since 1996's The Juror, and that it is unlikely to appeal to teens, given its content and themes. Here, the two actors play a white-collar criminal's wife (Moore) and a blind author (Baldwin) who slowly bond over court-mandated read-to-the-blind sessions. Directed by Michael Mailer based on a script by his brother, John Buffalo Mailer (both are sons of best-selling author Norman Mailer), the movie has frequent strong language (mostly "f--k" and "f--king," but also "s--t," "cripple," etc.). There's also a surprising amount of violence (mostly beatings at the hands of Dylan McDermott's character) and some racy moments (kissing, cleavage, shots of a couple right before and the morning after implied sex), as well as adultery. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Part romance and part white-collar crime thriller, with a smattering of inspirational-teacher drama, this is a well-acted but utterly forgettable New York melodrama about second chances. It's unclear whether audiences even remember that Baldwin and Moore made a movie together before, so the fact that they're re-teaming isn't exactly as compelling as it might be if Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, or Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams paired up on screen again. These days, Baldwin is an A-list comedic actor thanks to his work on 30 Rock and SNL, while Moore is still best known for her work in past decades. Neither is particularly well-served by this mediocre drama, which is too scattered to tell a compelling story.
Blind disappoints from the thriller angle, since there's no satisfying comeuppance for McDermott's Mark, whose character gets darker and more violent as the movie progresses. There's also not much closure regarding two younger protégés, who are as different as the men they admire: Mark's spying, sycophantic Wall Street wannabe (Drew Moerlein) and Bill's aspiring-writer student (Steven Prescod, a real-life spoken-word artist). Prescod and Baldwin's interactions (including one amusing, Karate Kid-like moment of cleaning as instruction) would have made for a better movie than the formulaic romance at Blind's messy heart. Ultimately most of the characters here are more cliché than fully developed, especially Suzanne, who seems too unbelievably naive to be a Manhattan socialite.
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