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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Supremely absurd, bizarre comedy has some edgy content.

Movie NR 2017 83 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+
age 18+

Lemon is perfect name for this Lemon of a Movie..

When a movie isn't strong enough on it's own, you go to shock value..which this movie did well with gratuitous racial slurs, and poop-lots of it. The story was weak, lacked congruency, and was quite depressing in the most uninteresting way. Of course the birds died, nothing was fresh or new, just a lot of taking from other more masterful sitcoms and movies from the past. It had funny moments, good actors, and cool colors but really shot itself in the foot. Talk about trying too hard.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This offbeat comedy, based somewhat on the experiences of real-life couple Gelman and director Janicza Bravo, is as deadpan, absurd, and surreal as a movie can get. It's part off-putting and part intriguing. As Lemon begins, Isaac comes across as dour, depressing, and miserable -- certainly not anyone that most of us would like to hang around with. It's easy to understand why the people in his life would be upset with or disillusioned by him, and it's tempting to join them, and ditch him for good.

But as the movie goes along, Bravo's unique rhythms -- her wide, empty spaces and seemingly arhythmic, premature cutting -- start to provide a kind of sly, slow-burn humor. The characters' talk is bizarre and exasperating, but Bravo seems to know it by the way she truncates their blather. She begins to create music and laughter with the way she chops into scenes, leaving them undone. A Passover sing-a-long to "A Million Matzoh Balls" is a turning point, and certainly Long's Cleo adds a soulful center to the movie's second half. By the time Lemon wraps up, it feels less sour and more bracing, like lemonade.

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