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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kindred spirits, when they find each other, will create memorable relationships. Also tackles themes/topics including infidelity and organized crime.
Positive Role Models
Bobby means well and aims to realize his potential, while Vonnie has an appreciation for the simple life (though she may not always live it).
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of talk of mobsters exacting revenge -- and they're sometimes shown kidnapping people, beating them up, and eventually shooting them and tossing the bodies into graves. It's not particularly graphic/bloody, but viewers do see what's going on.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss, and there's plenty of innuendo, though no graphic nudity.
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Moderate swearing, including "hell" and "bulls--t."
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Products & Purchases
References to Piper-Heidsieck champagne.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke (including cigars), in bars and at social functions. References to smoking "reefer" and using "dope."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cafe Society is 1930s-set Woody Allen comedy about old Hollywood that, while generally lighthearted, does deal with edgier themes, including infidelity and organized crime. There's no nudity but plenty of innuendo, as well as some kissing; language is infrequent but includes "hell" and "bulls--t." There are also scenes showing mobsters at work, which includes threatening their rivals, beating them up, and shooting them -- though none of the violent parts are at all graphic. Characters drink and smoke (accurate for the era), and there are brief references to "reefer" and "dope." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In some ways, this comedy shows director Woody Allen in fine form, weaving together social commentary, Hollywood history, romance, and doubt, into one of his classic cinematic quilts. It's wonderful to see him working in New York again -- nobody casts as romantic a sheen on the city as Allen -- but Cafe Society feels more like a pastiche than one of Allen's potent, pungent masterpieces.
Still, part of the joy of any Woody Allen movie is watching a ensemble come to life, and they do. Jeannie Berlin (as Bobby's mother), Stoll, and Parker Posey (as Rad Taylor), are delightful. Eisenberg does well as the required Allen stand-in, infusing his role with pathos; Stewart is luminous and much more naturalistic than we've seen in years, though she feels as if she belongs in more modern times, and that anachronistic sense somewhat dilutes her performance. Ultimately, Cafe Society is fun but feels like a lesser version of Allen's greatest hits.
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