Blue Valentine

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Agonizing but beautiful adult drama about love and marriage.

R 2010 120 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 17+

Anguishing look at one rocky relationship

I've been in a really great relationship for the past nine months, and this movie has TERRIFIED me as if I wasn't already to break up. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play emotionally hurt and complex're not sure WHO to root for! I suppose the point of the movie is there is no good and bad guy, there's just got to be compromise on both ends. Dean is flirtatious and wild when he meets Cindy...and then that turns into being the "fun" parent, where he dips into immature territory sometimes. That leads Cindy to be the killjoy, this woman who's led a pretty rough life with bad parent role models. Though it is hard to understand why she criticizes Dean in the present scenes for having a job he likes, you see in the movie his annoyances wear on her. It's like for every pro to their relationship there's 2 cons. Even if you don't like the characters all the time, you'll feel like you've gotten to know them very intimately. Yes the famous NC-17 sex scenes are in here, but it's nothing glamorous. The sex in here is gritty and pretty hard to watch. Still, this is an engrossing drama, a trainwreck I couldn't stop watching. As Dean sings, "you always hurt the ones you love."

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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