A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Justice will eventually win out. Don't let charm blind you to the truth.
Positive Role Models
Elsa is successful and intelligent, though is easily charmed by Ulrich, showing a naive side. She displays strength in holding him to account at times. Ulrich is determined and hardworking, but lies to and manipulates those around him and lashes out angrily when things don't go his way -- physically attacking his older wife.
The majority of the cast is White, with one Black lawyer. Those in politics are almost exclusively middle-aged White men. A sexual relationship between two men is referred to by another character as "disgusting sodomite friends," though the film itself does not side with homophobic views. The character of Elsa, though manipulated and victimized by Ulrich, is intelligent and powerful in many ways, and shows strength in fighting back.
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Violence & Scariness
Brief glimpse of dead body. Death mentioned and a scene references a funeral. News footage of Iraq War, with soldiers shooting guns and explosions. Scenes of domestic abuse, including verbal aggression, a slap across the face, and a glass smashed on a wall above a character's head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters shown naked covered by a bedsheet, with the implication sex has taken place. Brief full nudity from behind. Occasional sexual references.
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Strong language includes a use of "c--t," as well as "f---ing," "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "bitch," and "crappy."
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Products & Purchases
Blackberry brand mentioned briefly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol regularly at parties and events, including champagne, wine, and spirits, though no characters are seen intoxicated. A main character smokes cigars on a number of occasions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Georgetown is a crime drama loosely based on a The New York Times article about a marriage between a wealthy widow (Vanessa Redgrave) and a social climber (Christoph Waltz). It is part political drama, part murder mystery, with references to war and implications of sexual activity. There are scenes of domestic abuse, both verbally and physically, including slaps across the face. The film is set within the political sphere of Washington, D.C., and there is frequent drinking and strong language throughout, including "c--t" and variants of "f--k." Moments of threat occur between lead characters and there is a glimpse of a dead body. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Oscar-winning actor Waltz makes his feature directorial debut with this tense crime drama based loosely on real-life events. Not only is Waltz behind the camera, but he also takes center stage, with Georgetown quickly becoming his own show. Indeed Annette Bening and even Redgrave are swept to the side to make space for his familiar brand of maniacal charm. While his is undoubtedly the most intriguing character, the movie never quite gets to grips with the whys, allowing itself to be bogged down in confusing details of the hows that only serve to push viewers further from the answers.
Redgrave's Elsa holds just enough power, her sharp eye seeing but not always comprehending in a role that's impact could easily have been bolstered in the screenplay. Bening, though her screen presence can never be denied, is given very little to work with. What the film does do well is recreate the world of Washington's political elite; the desperation simmering just beneath the surface of the games, the arrogance, and the social extravagance. At the heart is Ulrich's cuckoo in the nest, having flown in just under the radar, it's a waiting game for him to make his push.
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