Vulgar language in one of Robin Williams’ finest performances
Robin Williams does it again in Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams succeeds in his excellent delivery of humor, as well as his delivery of dialogue. He pulls his dialogue deliveries off with such wit that a Best Actor nomination--or even win--would certainly suit him for this film. He does a well-done job at creating his character when pulling off his deliveries of dialogue. Williams effectively displays his character by delivering his dialogue in such a commendable way.
Not only does Williams succeed in Good Morning, Vietnam, director Barry Levinson succeeds as well--particularly in the field of production design. The design of Saigon certainly works with realistically displaying the atmosphere of Vietnam at the time of the Vietnam War. This production design serves as a realistic display of the Vietnam culture and landscape, which adds the film realism to its atmosphere.
That said, iffy content gets in the way of recommending this film for kids. Here is a brief content description of the film:
Positive messages: 3/10. The film does raise a couple questions regarding the freedom of information/broadcasting information, an important theme displayed in the film.
Positive role models: 2/10. Adrian Cronauer is a mixed role model; while he demonstrates kindness toward the Vietnamese people, and offers some kind help to them, he also disobeys guidelines/rules and can be irreverent with his humor at times.
Violence: 6/10. An explosion occurs at a bar, resulting in a couple deaths and injuries; a little blood shown in the scene. Another scene involves a bar fight, with some punching/hitting resulting in a couple injuries. Both scenes are intense but brief.
Sex: 8/10. Full-frontal nudity of nude boys--this is briefly shown but visible and explicit; this was an unnecessary scene. The nudity is shown in a non-sexual way, but is still unnecessary. Some sexual jokes are made but could be a little explicit for some viewers.
Profanity: 8/10. Strong language occurs throughout the film, and was unnecessary. "F***" is used multiple times, as is other words including "S***" (and variations) "G**d**n", etc. Language can get strong at times, and wasn't needed in the film.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: 3/10. A couple instances of drinking by characters; alcohol is drank in a couple scenes of the film. The main character gets drunk in one scene.
Nonetheless, apart from the iffy content, Good Morning, Vietnam offers one of Williams’ best performances, as Williams pulls his dialogue deliveries off with wit and a well-done style that deserves him a Best Actor nod. These well-done dialogue deliveries also create his character for the film.
Barry Levinson also succeeds with his direction, as he creates a realistic atmosphere of Vietnam by effectively using production design to create the atmosphere of Good Morning, Vietnam.
Therefore, I give Good Morning, Vietnam 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for mature teens 15 and up.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness