Parents' Guide to

Elvis & Nixon

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Entertaining oddball comedy has some strong language.

Movie R 2016 86 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Fun Slow-Burning Comedy

This movie slowly relishes in the oddity of the actual event. The movie is mostly acceptable. The major thing to watch out for is the use of F**k (x3) by one of the characters - However, even then the expletive used quietly under breath and is easily missed.

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Though it's not much more than a novelty, this weird bit of history largely succeeds thanks to a gentle blend of humor and respect and an earnest attempt to understand what made these titans tick. Though they're certainly both great actors, neither Spacey nor Shannon completely transforms into their roles, though they do manage good vocal inflections. Instead, they find a kind of essence for each character, dialing into their potential wants or fears. They wind up commanding the screen as effortlessly as their real-life counterparts might have.

The screenplay, co-written by actor Cary Elwes and former spouses Joey and Hanala Sagal, includes a little padding even to bulk the slight story up to its trim 86 minutes. That mainly involves a subplot involving the character of Jerry Schilling, and unfortunately a bland Pettyfer doesn't add anything to the role. But Hanks adds some humor in his supporting part, and director Liza Johnson adds an overall sense of whimsy and good cheer.

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