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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Revenge is a major theme -- along with selfishness and self-absorption -- but the main character pays for his mistakes in the end.
Positive Role Models
Nathan/Rolly is a serially selfish person, with a bluntness that's offensive and occasionally cruel. But he's meant to be a comedic character.
Violence & Scariness
Two characters get in a motorcycle accident, and there's a little blood. There's an explosion, too, but no one gets hurt. Jokes about prison rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual humor includes jokes about oral sex (like a running gag about female characters who "blew [the band] Chicago").
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Frequent, unbleeped swearing (from "a--hole" and "dick" to "motherf--ker" and "c--ksucker").
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Products & Purchases
Some familiar name brands -- including Enron and Edible Arrangements -- are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bars, mostly in the background.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clear History is clearly aimed at adults, with subtle humor that's not likely to interest most kids. But if they do watch, they'll hear unbleeped streams of salty language (with words ranging from "motherf--ker" to "c--ksucker") and some sexually charged jokes about blow jobs and prison rape. Violence is limited to an explosion and a minimally bloody motorcycle accident, and characters drink socially in bars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Knowing and understanding Larry David's trademark sense of humor is a prerequisite to appreciating Clear History. In spite of the all-star cast of supporting actors (including Hamm, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, and Eva Mendes), it's a comedy that's built around him. But even then, it might not be as hilarious as you're hoping. Not even with the help of an outlandish beard-wig combo that makes the younger Nathan Flomm look like the love child of Jeff Bridges and Bob Odenkirk.
Great expectations aside, Clear History is clever, and it succeeds as an able farce about greed and revenge, in the spirit of the much funnier What About Bob? and Groundhog Day. Is it a comedy classic? Probably not. But for older teens who can appreciate irony, Flomm's foibles make for a functionally funny cautionary tale.
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