Broken Flowers

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Minimalist melodrama for older teens+.
  • R
  • 2005
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Protagonist has a long history of many abandoned girlfriends, a teenager is seductive to her mother's ex.

Violence

A very brief, brutal assault at the end.

Sex

Sexual references and brief images (nudity, not activity).

Language

Mostly "hipster" cursing (some f-words); angry cursing in one brief scene.

Consumerism

Car rentals, car race logos (briefly glimpsed in photos).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking, smoking, pot-smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the protagonist is a devout bachelor, now middle-aged, who has left behind many women. Characters use curse words (mostly in conversation, and at the end, during a fight), smoke, drink, and use drugs (as well as slang for drugs, especially marijuana). Stereotypical bikers briefly assault Don at the end, leaving him bloodied and unconscious. The film includes sexual imagery (a post-sex morning awakening, an adolescent girl nude [not explicit] and in her underwear) and references (to past relationships).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 December 15, 2014

Slow dramedy has subtle acting, great music

This was my first time watching a movie by Jim Jarmusch, the prominent indie director apparently known for making films with extended long silences. This movie... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFishynmn May 28, 2014

Entertaining dead-pan dramedy is hip but down-beat.

Broken Flowers is a a funny, quirky, occasionally dry, dead-pan comedy full of excellent performances and awkward moments. Broken Flowers is mostly light throug... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymsjenny April 28, 2018

Nudity!

This movie has some funny moments but, overall, the movie was on the boring side. There is one scene that an 18 year old walks completely naked slowly across t... Continue reading

What's the story?

BROKEN FLOWERS follows aging lothario Don Johnston (Bill Murray) as he comes to terms with his life and likely legacy. A technophobe millionaire, Don is more a vacancy than an emotional center. He first appears seated on his sofa, watching Douglas Fairbanks in The Private Life of Don Juan, as his girlfriend Sherry (Julie Delpy) leaves in a huff. But then he gets a letter, on pink stationery, with no return address or signature, saying he has a 19-year-old son who may or may not be coming to look for him. He's prodded by his next-door neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright), devotee of detective stories and the internet, who takes up the case as one to be solved. Based on a brief list of Don's old girlfriends' names and long-ago addresses, Winston arranges flights, motels, and rental cars, hands his friend an itinerary, and sends him forth to discover his progeny.

Is it any good?

Organized into a series of vignettes, Jarmusch's minimalist melodrama doesn't build a narrative so much as it deconstructs the idea of narrative and the sense that a life leads to clear resolution. Don might be indifferent, pained, even remorseful about his serial abandonments, but it remains hard to tell.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the combination of regret and curiosity that motivates Don's effort to find his son. How does the film suggest that his self-understanding as a "Don Juan" is necessarily changing as he grows older? How does each woman reflect a different aspect of his personality and the variety of his desires? How do their fates suggest alternatives to his own? (In particular, how does the "animal communicator"'s desire to keep her dead dog with her in spirit a means to put off or deny death?) How does looking back on life provoke remorse or desire for change?

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