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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters lie, cheat, and undermine one another in order to pursue wealth and power.
Violence & Scariness
Repeated images of Reeves' dead body, with blood on the bed, wall, and ceiling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sex scenes, partially clothed, with activity indicated by sound (sighs and moans), by body motion, or (post-sex) by zipping up a fly; kissing; adultery; sexual language.
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Frequent uses of the f-word; "s--t," and other curse words; disparaging slang for ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation; sexual slang.
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Products & Purchases
George worries about "Superman" being marketed on lunchboxes and elsewhere; Etch-a-Sketch, other 1950s products on display.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent cigarette and cigar smoking by major characters; drinking at parties and in clubs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this noir-themed film isn't appropriate for kids. It includes violence in the form of several reenactments of a central character's death (as murder or suicide, all possibilities featuring gunshot to his head), as well as repeated images of the crime scene (blood on wall and bed). Another dead body appears on a floor, shot by her husband. A detective is beaten by thugs, resulting in a bruised/bloodied face. Characters appear in bed, though sexual activity is more implied than visible. Major characters smoke incessantly, drink frequently (to the point of drunkenness). Characters use frequent profanity, including multiple "f--k"s and disparaging slang for ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The questions posed by Hollywoodland are perennial and endlessly interesting, both trivialized and enhanced by Simo's own sense of tragedy. He's as self-inflating and lost as Reeves, his heroism as flimsy and sad. When he watches Reeves' homemade karate film -- an unconvincing "audition" to show his physical skills -- Simo's eyes soften. He recognizes in Reeves' pathetically gallant figure a certain desperation and self-delusion, as well as a childish faith. He can "make it," if only he's earnest and devoted enough.
But the trouble, according to Hollywoodland, is that there is no "enough." There's only luck and connections. As much as it is affecting and intriguing, and gestures toward unpacking myths and deceptions, Hollywoodland remains rather mired in a conventional moral scheme. Superman was done in by a system designed to do him in... and then remade him in multiple, ever lucrative forms.
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