Hail, Caesar!

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Coen brothers' madcap, funny take on old Hollywood.

PG-13 2016 106 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 15+

Great PG-13 entry point to springboard into the exceptional creations of the Brothers Coen!

For those of us that dig Coen Brothers’ movies, this is just another gem. MPAA rates this as a PG-13. I’m 55 and my PG-13s back in the day were “way edgier” concerning the dialog I would have understood. This isn’t a “kid’s movie” nor is it an “Adult Movie” per se. The storyline (written by Coens) is one of navigating the 1950s Studio system, a brilliant “Das Kapital vs Capitalism” sequence. Clooney and Brolin deliver top-shelf performances within a top-shelf cast. To me, the movie stands on its own regardless of its place in the Coen Canon. It’s just a great cut. There are other reasons to watch, and rewatch this movie. It’s cinematic perfection. That means you’re getting the tops in takes, blocking, staging, scenery, lighting, sound, score, pacing, etc. Coen perfectionism delivers a stunning synchronized swimming set featuring Scarlet Johansson as a modern-day Esther Williams-like actor, on the actual soundstage used for the Esther Williams movies of the 50s - this is just one of many examples. The adult content heads-up is the “legitimizing the pregnancy” scene, something that I’m sure is quite accurate for the period. Beware! For the Meta-Minded, this one will be a rabbit hole. The references are manifold. My favorite of the storylines is the Communist “study group” with Clooney’s character, and having Hobie Doyle (the clear “silent hero” of the movie) retrieving him (too late) from their indoctrinations and returning him to Eddie Mannix (real-life studio fixer backintheday) to get a better understanding of how the world actually works. Needless to say, this is what I would call “an important movie” and any of my teens 15+ can watch it. (It requires paying attention, so…)
age 13+

Boring, boring dont waste your time

Honestly I dont know why this movie has 4 stars. It is a really slow, boring, lack of sense movie. Waste of time and good actors. Don't bother. Totally disappointed.

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