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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Marriage is about overcoming differences and challenges and committing to be together.
Positive Role Models
Despite their nights away from each other, the main characters come back together and commit to their marriage. Lee has supportive, caring parents who want the best for their grandson.
Violence & Scariness
Two men get into a fight (off camera) at a bar, and one man walks back in with an injury that requires medical attention.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A skinny-dipping scene includes brief graphic male nudity. A married couple showers together and makes love. A married woman kisses someone who isn't her spouse. A man brings two women to a party for the sole purpose of hooking up.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "bulls--t," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink to excess, smoke cigarettes, and do recreational drugs like cocaine and pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Digging for Fire is a relationship dramedy that takes place over the course of a long weekend, during which a married couple have different experiences: his a booze- and coke-filled guys' night in (complete with two young women ready to hook up) and hers going out for drinks ... only to wind up kissing an attractive man who came to her rescue. Expect frequent strong language (particularly "f--k" and "s--t") and occasional drinking (sometimes to excess), drug use (pot, cocaine), smoking, and sexual situations -- including brief graphic nudity during a skinny dipping scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Featuring his cast of regulars and an intriguing central plot point, Swanberg's latest relationship story is well acted, if not particularly memorable. Swanberg and Johnson have collaborated before, as has most of the ensemble cast, who are somewhat of a troop for the Chicago-based filmmaker. DeWitt and Johnson are achingly authentic as a couple old enough to be married with a kid but young enough to have friends who are still living the hook-up-and-get-wasted lifestyle.
Once Tim and Lee part ways for some separate time (he stays in the bungalow to take care of family business, while she heads to her wealthy mom and stepdad's, played perfectly by Light and Sam Elliott), the stories divide, but Tim's gets the lion's share of screen time. While he has all of his friends (Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, etc.) digging for clues, Lee is busy debating her well-heeled mother about not sending Jude to a fancy preschool and then heads out for a much-needed night alone on the town, where she meets a handsome pub-goer (Orlando Bloom). How Tim and Lee comport themselves apart is fascinating, and it's ultimately the leads' performances that make this drama shine just enough to keep you interested, if not enough to make this a must-see.
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