A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The characters are greedy, manipulative, and unethical. Some racy humor.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence including shooting, character killed. Some viewers may be disturbed by a character who is very ill.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, no nudity.
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Strong language for a PG-13.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some mature material for a PG-13, including adulterous situations and some mildly kinky sexual references (nothing explicit and no nudity). It has strong language for a PG-13. There is comic violence that includes guns and one character is killed. Families who have dealt with painful divorces may not find the depiction in this film very entertaining. Some viewers may be disturbed by a character who is very ill. The characters are greedy, manipulative, and unethical, all played for humor. 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 Coen brothers have produced their first all-out romantic comedy, and it's lots of fun to watch. The entire cast is magnificent, tossing off the Coen brothers' trademark corkscrew dialogue with just the right mix of understatement and deadly accuracy. It is an affectionate salute to the conventions of the classics -- it even has a spit take -- but it is contemporary enough for a Clarence Thomas joke and a rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" played on bagpipes.
Like the classic screwball comedies by Preston Sturges and other Coen movies, there are a bunch of colorful supporting characters, and Clooney and Zeta Jones turn in two of the finest comic performances in recent memory. Clooney owns his moment by the way he adjusts his cuff and cocks his head as he meets with his new client. Zeta Jones owns hers by walking down the stairs. Both are triple threats with impeccable comic timing, first-rate acting talent and all the movie star magic in the world as well, which keeps their characters both real and sizzlingly sexy.
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