A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters hide secrets. A parent disowns their child because of their sexuality. The movie's main message is that people aren't perfect but are still important in a family.
Positive Role Models
Family members keep secrets and some are not well received by others when they are found out during a family reunion in India. Rahul is an author. He is friendly and polite but feels he has to hide his sexuality from his family. Arjun, Rahul's brother, resents his brother's success, which he feels was stolen. He sometimes loses his temper but is generally friendly and fair. Harsh is Rahul and Arjun's father. He is grumpy, distracted by money worries and is dishonest in his marriage. Their mother, Sunita, double-crosses someone and disowns Rahul when she discovers he's gay. Grandfather Amarjeet is good-hearted and playful, but sometimes childish and rude. Tia is a young entrepreneur, a confident, modern woman.
The movie is a Bollywood title with a predominantly Indian cast and crew. Hindi is the main language spoken (with English subtitles available). Two women run businesses, both mentioned positively against assumptions men run them. Characters judge a gay character but the movie doesn't. Discriminatory language when an elderly man calls a nurse "fatty," "fat ass," and "fat cow."
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Violence & Scariness
A shocking, out of the blue car crash causes a death. Characters have heated arguments, with one erupting into punches. During another fight, a character throws a cup at another. A character slaps a stranger's head as a prank. Character jokes about suicide when they're uncomfortable at a party. Mom slaps adult son.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting. Innuendo. Grandfather discovers internet pornography and watches it on his iPad. Pornographic magazine Barely Legal mentioned. Characters kiss, once while at a party playing spin the bottle. References to affairs.
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Infrequent language including "s--t," "ass," "crap," "butt," and one use of "f--k." Discriminatory language such as "fatty."
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Products & Purchases
Many Apple products feature, with an iPad being used by one character in many scenes. A song's lyrics promote consumerism.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cannabis and cigarettes. Characters occasionally drink alcohol. A drunk character vomits out of a car window. Character works in a bar, makes and serves cocktails.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kapoor & Sons is a Bollywood family drama -- in Hindi with English subtitles -- with strong language, smoking (both pot and tobacco), drinking, and sexual references. Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) are two brothers who return to their family home in India when their grandfather falls ill. During their stay, secrets are revealed that include a family member's sexuality and another's affair. Tensions run high and the movie has many arguments, a couple of which become violent. Language is infrequent but occasionally strong, with one use of "f--k," as well as discriminatory language such as "fatty." A running gag is the grandfather, Amarjeet (Rishi Kapoor), enjoying pornography on his Apple iPad. A sweet romance blossoms between a man and woman. A gay relationship is judged negatively by a character but treated with kindness by the movie. Most characters are flawed but each with reason for their complex emotions and actions. Characters smoke cannabis and cigarettes. In one scene a character vomits after drinking too much. During a shocking and realistic car crash scene, a character dies in the collision. The movie is also known as Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Families can be complicated. In Kapoor & Sons, two adult brothers return to the family home in India and find their parents struggling to cope with money and each other. It's a frosty household and the brothers' emotional baggage doesn't warm it. Instead, the sharp shock of everyone's seething resentments and sad secrets coming together creates a pressure cooker scenario that blows up quickly. And as this is an intense melodrama, we wouldn't have it any other way. Sexuality, infidelity, child favoritism, death, lying, stealing, drugs -- there are plenty of juicy morsels to wring the drama out of. With all this shade there must be light, and the moments when the family are happy and relaxed are full of potential and played perfectly by the endearing cast.
The warm heart of the movie is the creation of its new relationship. As author Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) and entrepreneur Tia (Alia Bhatt) get to know each other, we get to watch on almost as encouraging friends enjoying their naturalistic, relaxed, and romantic getting-to-know-you period. This needs to work as well as it does because as the third act begins, truths explode out, gloom spreads, and a spiral of sadness ends with a key character's death. This acceleration to abject misery feels a bit too much and a sequence in which we shadow grieving characters doesn't help. But it all points to a realistic message that has us try to accept family for who they are, as well as a bittersweet ending that reintroduces hope back to the characters' lives.
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