A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The truth will out, so you might as well live by it.
Positive Role Models
Though she's hurtful to her fiance, Jill does live by a moral code and tries to convince others to do the right thing.
Violence & Scariness
A man poisons a complete stranger. Before that, he plans the death of another. A man tries to throw a woman down an elevator shaft; earlier he messes with a gun at a party and plays Russian Roulette.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss passionately, sometimes in bed. No graphic nudity. Some groping.
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Infrequent use of words including "f--k," "damn," "s--t," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Labels/products mentioned or seen include Viagra and Volvo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is an alcoholic who drinks from a flask during the day when he should be working. A woman offers a man weed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Irrational Man has a similar DNA to most Woody Allen films: It's about an older man hobbled by a bleak outlook on life who grows enamored of a sunny, lively younger woman; infatuation, murder, and chaos ensue. Though the subject matter is fairly serious, there's not much actual violence here; a man poisons a stranger and plans another death, someone tries to throw another person down an elevator shaft, and a character messes with a gun at a party. The entanglements are played pretty lightly, too; couples are shown kissing and in bed (though there's no explicit nudity). Expect some swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), drinking (one character is an alcoholic), and drug use (weed is offered). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Woody Allen repeatedly explores the same themes, but he's more successful in some films than others; in IRRATIONAL MAN, the filmmaker ends up -- just barely -- on this side of triumph. He draws out engaged performances from the three main actors: Phoenix practically oozes joy when Abe turns surprisingly gleeful, and Posey nearly steals the movie playing a madcap professor in the throes of a midlife crisis. (Or perhaps she's just bored with her status quo.)
The movie is best when the actors do and not say (via one of Allen's staples, the good old voiceover) and when we're left to revel in the summery charms of Rhode Island, where Allen filmed. Still, there's an eloquence missing that's evident in the director's classics, such as Crimes and Misdemeanors (to which this can be compared, given the crime) and the more recent Midnight in Paris. Perhaps it's time to return to NYC?
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.