Inside Llewyn Davis

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

age 16+

Bleak but lovely journey OK for older-teen music fans.

R 2013 105 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 18+

Excellent movie for mature adults but themes of failure, hopelessness likely to depress rather than enlighten teens

The Coen brother's tonic for the existential burden of life - every individual's aloneness, the seeming futility of suffering, the random violence of circumstance - is art . In the movie , the 'art' is folk singing. For the Coen Brothers, their artistry creates cynical movies, infused with dark humor. This Coen Brothers movie is way less violent than any of their other movies, so by that metric, it is certainly more appropriate for teens (no Coen movie is ever appropriate for children or tweens), but the despair, the meandering journey the protagonist takes, I don't see how any of that creates the sense of adventure and hope that a young adult needs when she/he is setting out in the world. So avoid it. They can check back in with this movie, in their forties.
age 16+

It's Crazy Heart by way of A Serious Man

This look at a folk singer’s life in the ‘60s is sometimes funny but mostly just depressing. The humor comes primarily from irony, but the inescapable facts of each situation make it more often sad than funny. Still, the acting is spot on as a host of top-tier actors fill out their idiosyncratic characters in what amount to a series of extended cameos in true Coen Brothers fashion. Like A Serious Man the plot seems to meander, but here it supports the reality of the protagonist’s life. The lack of a point to the film is counterbalanced by the soulful, emotional music throughout, which makes it worth a watch.

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