A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Images of dead bodies, discussions of murders, crime scene photos.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references, mostly verbal, with regard to Capote's steady boyfriend and his crush on one of his interview subjects; some sexual slang.
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At least one f-word; some mild cursing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature drama concerns Truman Capote's research into multiple murders in Kansas, 1959, for his book In Cold Blood. It includes images of bloody bodies, crime scene photos, discussions of the means of killing (knife and shotgun), allusions to rape and racist assumptions (before the killers are caught, someone suggests "Mexicans" committed the crime). Characters drink and smoke, at parties, at home, and alone. Capote is flamboyantly gay, discusses gay relationships, discusses sex (including a phone conversation with friend/writer James Baldwin, with references to interracial, interfaith sex), and some cursing (one use of the f-word). Capote tells a story about hearing of his mother's death To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This intriguing film reveals the monster Capote sees in himself -- or more accurately, the monster the movie sees him seeing. According to the movie, adapted from Gerald Clarke's book by Dan Futterman, Capote is pretty much undone by the experience. A closing note reveals that following the publication of In Cold Blood, Capote became a superstar and never wrote another book. Instead, he essentially drank himself to death, at 59. The film allows glimpses of Capote's struggles with the dilemmas before him -- he self-medicates, resists responsibility for the emotional havoc he's wreaking, won't take Perry's collect calls, and argues with Jack.
Still, he seeks salvation -- or sustained celebrity -- in his dazzling new book. "If I leave here without understanding you," he tells Perry during one of their last meetings, "the world will see you as a monster. I don't want that." But what Capote wants is his story, understanding filtered through his own genius. That story reveals the dangers of journalism in search of authenticity and based in intimacy.
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