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Dom Hemingway

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Foul-mouthed character charms, but he's too edgy for teens.

Movie R 2014 93 minutes
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Jude Law gives perhaps his best-ever performance here, as a character who feels everything intensely, from pleasure to rage and, finally, when nothing is left, to anguish. He's an absolutely rotten person, and perhaps even unredeemable, but his high moments inspire giddy laughter, and his low moments earn real sympathy.

Clearly, DOM HEMINGWAY is more of a character study of this oddball than it is a plot-driven crime story. Most of the big events are rather unconnected and simply consist of things that happen to him, rather than a series of events leading up to a big payoff. But the unsung writer/director Richard Shepard (The Matador, The Hunting Party) is brilliant at this kind of dark, vibrant comedy. His unique art direction, staging, and timing, in addition to pages of great dialogue, make every moment a dramatic turning point. It's probably not for all tastes, but a certain type of audience will thoroughly enjoy it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 4, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: July 22, 2014
  • Cast: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir
  • Director: Richard Shepard
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors, Latinx actors
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use
  • Last updated: December 22, 2022

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