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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Charlie's relationship with women is not always healthy. He seeks underage or younger women to consort with, though he usually ends up marrying them.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some nudity: women getting into costume before going on stage are in various states of undress, plus a brief full-body female nude shot before bed.
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"Bitch" and "ass" used with moderate frequency.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking of champagne and scotch in ballroom situations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie based on Chaplin's autobiography focuses on the great comic's life events, rather than his talent. Some aspects of his life are sad and disturbing, such as his mother's devolution into madness. Expect non-sexual female nudity and social drinking, plus references to women as "bitches," reflecting the inequality of the time. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though Robert Downey Jr.'s age-defying portrayal of the comic genius is spot-on, the overall movie meanders vaguely through the actor's life. Scenes depicting the depression years and Chaplin's return to London border on schmaltz. But the last scene, where an elderly Chaplin accepts an honorary Academy Award, ends the movie with dignity. See this one if you are a fan of Robert Downey Jr., but if you like Charlie Chaplin, you might prefer seeing his own movies instead.
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