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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Someone may seem wayward and lost, but (almost) no one is a lost cause. Try to find the beauty and generosity in that person. Also, both accountability and forgiveness take you down the path of redemption.
Positive Role Models
Danny Collins is certainly flawed: He's insecure, he relies on material goods for his happiness, and he needs others' approval. But he's also tender-hearted and, when necessary, can face his mistakes and try to repair them. His son also has a tough shell, but he's forgiving (and encouraged by his kind wife).
Violence & Scariness
Some arguments get heated, but nothing leads to violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman's naked breasts are visible in the shower (pubic region is covered by shaving cream). It's hinted that she's been cheating on her fiance, who's also later seen in a shower. Some innuendo.
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Many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole, and more.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of luxury goods/services seen and used. Some talk about what having money gets you. Labels seen include Toys 'R' Us, Steinway, Mercedes Benz, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Man shown snorting cocaine with his fiancee and her friend; his young granddaughter walks in on him doing drugs. Lots of drinking, sometimes to the point of inebriation (one scene involves tequila).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Danny Collins, though it has its share of humor, also deals with some pretty serious/heavy themes, including a father's abandonment of his son, a potentially terminal illness, infidelity, an identity crisis, and one man's reckoning of the professional and personal decisions that have affected the course of his life. There's also some innuendo and nudity -- a woman is shown in the bathroom, breasts bared and pubic area covered in shaving cream -- and scenes of adult drinking and drug use (in one scene, a child wanders in right after someone snorts a line of cocaine). Frequent but not constant strong language includes "s--t"and "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For so many reasons, DANNY COLLINS shouldn't work. First, there's the plot, which, despite an intriguing premise, doesn't always feel original. And then there's the subplot about the son Danny abandoned, which distracts from the aforementioned intriguing premise and takes the story in a different direction. There are also plenty of cliches: Danny's rock-star lifestyle reads like a paint-by-numbers confection (wild parties, booze, drugs).
And yet, Danny Collins works, grounded by Pacino's textured, layered performance. The actor, who's brilliant but has been accused of gilding the lily sometimes, turns in a bravura portrayal that doesn't lean on the usual tricks. His Danny seems like a person we know, or whom we'd like to know, no matter how flawed or short-sighted he can be. His vulnerability is appealing. Same for Bobby Cannavale, who grounds his role as Danny's estranged son in true accessibility. Again, he feels like someone we know, or want to know. Frankly, the entire cast is fantastic, making more of a story that starts off promisingly but winds up in all-too-familiar places.
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