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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows the value of standing up for yourself, making painful-but-necessary life changes, and finding your self-respect. The main character makes some painful mistakes but eventually learns from them.
Positive Role Models
Though the main character eventually makes a positive transformation, he goes through several negative, painful stages (lying, cheating, etc.) before finding the strength he needs.
Violence & Scariness
A man punches, slaps, and kicks two people; this results in a bloody nose for one and a black eye for the other. Angry threats. Cops violently arrest a man. A character in the hospital is said to have had a heart attack.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character picks up a prostitute; his naked bottom is shown (also the vague hint of his genitals). Brief discussion of oral sex. Images of prostitutes on the street. The prostitute is shown with another customer in his room.
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Strong bursts of language in a few scenes include several uses of "f--k," "f---t," "s--t," "a--hole," "twat," "hell," "bitch," "goddamn," and "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character is said to have taken a drug overdose. Some cigarette smoking. Wine at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boulevard -- a drama about a closeted gay man -- features Robin Williams' final live-action performance. Though it's a coming-out story, the character goes through some very dark experiences, making it appropriate only for older teens and adults. Things get violent when an angry pimp beats up two characters, inflicting a bloody nose and a black eye; there's also some additional arguing, threatening, and brief violence. Language is sporadic but strong, with heavy uses of "f--k" and "f----t," as well as other terms. No sex is shown, but male prostitution is part of the story, and the main prostitute undresses, showing his bottom and the vague hint of his genitals. A character is said to have taken a drug overdose, and there's some social drinking and occasional cigarette smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even if the movie stumbles over a few clunky plot turns, Williams' final live-action performance is a powerful one, still and deep, calling on limitless reserves of pain and longing. Dito Montiel directs, and -- typical of his work -- his rich characters and realistic atmosphere outweigh his storytelling. In some of his films, the balance tips the wrong way, but in BOULEVARD, it works. And that's mainly thanks to Williams, in his most soul-searching mode.
As Nolan's wise wife, Baker is terrific; she knows something is up based on the slightest irregularity in Nolan's routine. And Odenkirk is a breath of fresh air as a best friend who doesn't suffer foolishness gladly. Scenes with a scary pimp threatening Leo and Nolan feel hysterical and fake, and moments when Nolan frantically tries to keep his secret life under wraps are fraught with awkward coincidence. But Williams never strikes a false note, and it's a strong farewell to a great actor.
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