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Parents' Guide to

Cafe Society

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweetly cynical Woody Allen romcom has some edge.

Movie PG-13 2016 96 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+


I did not like this movie, there is too much sex talk in this movie, too much cheating. No positive messages. As I am christian, what upset me the most is the blasphemy that did not show in your review.

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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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