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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie originally received an R rating, but the MPAA backed down after Kirk Douglas lodged a complaint. They should have kept it an R. Nearly a third of the movie is set in a brothel, cutting back and forth between the sexual encounters of the three generations. While there is no nudity, the discussions of the encounters are explicit. Drinking, smoking, fighting, sex, and drug use are casually used as positive indicators of maturity and masculinity. A father takes his underage son to the brothel as an introduction to sex.
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Is it any good?
You haven't seen many movies if you don't guess that some major bonding is accomplished and some long-standing family wounds are healed along the way in DIAMONDS. We want to like it. There's a reason that road movies that feature both adventure and reconciliation are so popular, and of course we're rooting for Kirk Douglas' recovery from a stroke even more than for the character's. And every so often it captures us with a genuine moment of humor or connection between the characters. But far more often it gets in its own way, especially with attitudes about drinking, smoking, fighting, and women that were out of date when the yellowing clippings in Harry's scrapbook were first printed.
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