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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Violence & Scariness
Tense family scenes, bullies menace smaller kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual references and situations for a PG-13.
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Strong language for a PG-13, including "s--t," damn, ass, and bitch.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character uses and sells drugs, drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of mature material for a PG-13, including sexual situations and references. There is one casual sexual encounter in which a girl introduces herself to the boy just as they are about to go to bed together. An older brother nags his 11-year-old brother about kissing (or more) the girl he likes. A grandfather gives his grandson tips about seducing a girl. An adulterous encounter is halted because someone comes into the room. A character uses and deals in drugs, and characters turn to alcohol to numb their feelings. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You keep hoping for this movie to be better than it is. But it never is. The main reason I wanted this to work was the story behind the movie. Along with Oscar-winning father and son, the cast also includes Michael's son Cameron and Michael's mom (and ex-wife of Kirk) Diana Douglas, playing the mother/grandmother. But the script is terribly weak, with the requisite ingredients for a family story and then it keeps going off in too many different directions including a do-it-yourself Viking funeral that is completely batty.
Michael Douglas is clearly enjoying himself, and brings a great warmth to his performance. His son Cameron cannot act and has little star quality, but may get better with more experience. The real star of the movie is Michael's on and off-screen mother, Diana, who brings a marvelous elegance and humor to her role. When she dances with her husband, there is real history between them, magnificently so.
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