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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Discusses concept of aging and how it tends to make people less adventurous and more desiring of quiet. Examines toll this can take on a partnership, as well as the desire to reverse it and regain youthful energy. Offers no solutions, no acceptance of aging, nor a "fountain of youth" formula. Viewers are left to ponder.
Positive Role Models
Kath is something of a role model, given that she takes action to right a wrong (even if she doesn't fully understand what that is) and stands up for herself. But she's also a sad character who's lonely, unhappy with being the age that she is, and just generally exhausted.
Characters of Asian descent appear in small or supporting roles, but they're either villains or largely unsympathetic. The story is driven by a sympathetic woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Character is strapped to a table and hooked up to a blood transfusion; he yanks the tube out, causing gory blood splatter. Grabbing and injecting woman. Cut on palm of hand.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters play a romance/sex-themed board game. One character sucks, kisses, bites another's elbow. Sex-related dialogue.
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Frequent language, with uses of "f--k," "bulls--t," "s--t," "c--t," "anal," "bitch," "d--k," "piss," "hell," "idiot." "Jesus," "Jesus Christ," and "my God" used as exclamations.
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Products & Purchases
Mac computer. Google search. Nerf toys mentioned. Sprite soda mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character invited to "get drunk." Character drugged against his will. Casual beers at social gathering. Wine with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gone in the Night is a mystery/thriller about a couple named Kath (Winona Ryder) and Max (John Gallagher Jr.) who get caught up in a dark mystery after heading out for a night in a remote cabin. It's a solid movie, with a sinister atmosphere and vivid details that overcome any logical inconsistencies. Expect a brief sequence of strong violence and gore, with a woman being grabbed and injected and blood spattering. Characters are also drugged and held prisoner. There's some sex-related dialogue, and characters play a sex-themed board game. A woman kisses, sucks, and bites a man's elbow. Language is strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and several other words. Characters vow to "get drunk" in one scene, and social drinking is shown in other scenes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This deceptive thriller uses small, subtle touches and cleverly placed flashbacks to create and sustain a tense, dread-filled mood. This helps it effectively overcome the story's few small logic loopholes. The directorial debut of Eli Horowitz -- co-creator of the Julia Roberts series Homecoming -- Gone in the Night has a veneer of confidence as it unfolds. The opening sequence with Kath and Max simply driving through the woods, arguing over a playlist, and Max stopping to retrieve a lost hat, manages to create a sense of unease through seemingly innocuous events.
Horowitz drops small details -- such as a pair of green raincoats, a restaurant that only serves octopus, avocado plants, and a collector's punk rock T-shirt -- to jiggle the movie's balance, drawing viewers' attention to other places. At the center, thanks to committed performances by Ryder, Mulroney, and Tju, Gone in the Night grapples tantalizingly with questions about aging and experience and the ways those issues relate to couplehood. Max wants to go to raucous parties while Kath says "the world is so loud ... I can't hardly hear myself anymore." Most of this stuff works so well that the iffy plot setup and some of its logical fallout are easily forgiven.
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