A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Prejudice against elderly and infirm.
Violence & Scariness
Mugging, fistfights, gun threat, car crash.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extensive and fairly explicit -- long scenes in brothel.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Liquor, marijuana, cigars and cigarettes positively portrayed as evidence of masculinity and maturity.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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far more often it gets in its own way, especially with attitudes about drinking, smoking, fighting, and women that were out of date when the yellowing clippings in Harry's scrapbook were first printed.
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