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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love is the only thing that matters, and it's not how a love story ends that's important but the love itself and how it can change you.
Positive Role Models
Dell and Kim are both extremely smart (he's basically a genius), but they're also (him especially) annoying, whiny, and self-centered.
Violence & Scariness
After Dell asks for Kim's phone number in front of her date, the date grabs Dell and roughs him around without actually hurting him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of kissing, caressing, and one scene in which the main characters are in bed taking off each other's clothes, but at the last minute they don't end up having sex. The couple has a whole conversation in which the woman is wearing just underwear. Talk about satisfaction and other sexual references.
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Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "douchebag," and "motherf--ker,"
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main characters (adults) drink on dates and smoke weed a couple of times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Comet is an unconventional romance that takes a non-linear approach to a couple's relationship, exploring how significant milestones affected the future of their love story. Strong language (lots of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf---er," etc.) sexual situations (lots of making out, references to satisfaction, and an undressing scene in bed), and casual drug (pot) use make this drama a better fit for parents and mature teens, but not younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director Sam Esmail's feature debut is definitely ambitious: non-linear, overly talky, and narrowly focused on two characters, both of whom are familiar but not-quite-A-list actors. Long and Rossum commit to their roles, but even a serious romance demands that audiences invest in the couple, and it's hard to when most of the time viewers will want them to just stop talking. Their constant bickering and bantering would be better served by humor and wit than sarcasm and condescension. The romance also lacks chemistry; for all the kissing, there's very little heat between the actors.
Although Esmail's script could've used a better editor, he shows promise with his visuals and the performances he elicited from his stars, who both helped produce the indie film. Perhaps this hipster love story will fare better with millennial audiences in their late teens and early twenties, but parents may have a hard time suppressing eye rolls as egotistical Dell rants on and on about virtually everything (although it all boils down to the stupidity of others) and Kim can't decide what she wants from the relationship. For a far better unconventional romance, see (500) Days of Summer.
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