A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Women are portrayed as oblivious dolts or scheming gold diggers. Men are portrayed as hardwired to kill and will do so at little provocation. "Being a man is an innate defect." "Murder is easy. Making it look like an accident is hard."
Positive Role Models
Leyla is calm and cheerful even in the face of repeated attempts on her life. Adem is anxious and prone to making bad decisions. Nergis wants to live in a mansion and most of her actions are in furtherance of that goal.
Violence & Scariness
People die or are killed comically. The weapons include guns, knives, a grandfather clock, and a soapy window ledge. A man faints whenever he sees a corpse, the result of having had a dead, pajama-clad great uncle fall on him from a great height when he was a child. That memory is replayed for comic effect. A man keys someone's car. A woman threatens to drive a nail into her lover's temple.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rapid editing of hands entwined, accompanied by heavy breathing, create the illusion of passionate sex. A man has an affair with his therapist.
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"F--k," "s--t," "p--k," "ass," "crap," "butt," "damn," "hell," "douche," "wussy," and "piss." A man gives someone the finger.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Leyla Everlasting is a Turkish 2020 film about a man in his 60s who launches repeated, comic murder attempts against his wealthy wife in his quest to take her money and marry their much younger marriage counselor. Passion is a subject, as are art theft and murder. Women are portrayed as oblivious dolts or scheming gold diggers. Men are portrayed as hardwired to kill, doing so at little provocation. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "ass," "crap," "butt," "damn," "hell," "douche," "wussy," and "piss." Adults drink alcohol. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At nearly two hours, Leyla Everlasting feels too long, but its lack of focus and contradictory points of view about men and women make it nearly incomprehensible, if not entirely pointless. This is an example of self indulgent filmmaking at its worst from a writer-director demonstrating no clear grasp of fundamental concepts like pacing, character development, logical consistency, storytelling, or how to support flailing actors.
The material comes from a Turkish stage play and perhaps the cultural jump to America is the problem, but it would be difficult to imagine this working in any language or culture. Perhaps this is a treat for Turkish viewers familiar with the well-known Bilginer and Akbag (she's a great dancer). Perhaps in Turkey these highly competent performers draw viewers in. We might enjoy Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman mugging and chewing scenery in a screwball comedy, too. But those unfamiliar with these Turkish stars will writhe in empathetic discomfort for their plight. No one should have to be in a movie this bad.
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