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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Tension, off-screen violence, character hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, including one-night stands
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Some strong language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Getting drunk a sign of freedom
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language. An unmarried couple lives together and there are references to a drunken sexual encounter and an out of wedlock pregnancy. Getting drunk is portrayed as freeing. There is non-graphic violence. Some viewers may be upset by the seer's prediction. And some younger viewers may be disturbed by the reference to divorced parents, even though it is amicable. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The script has no surprises, but Jolie and Burns have a nice rhythm as they constantly ask each other to define their words. It is easy to believe that they would both be attracted to someone who doesn't let them get away with easy charm. The biggest surprise is Jolie in a role clearly designed for someone like Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock. She doesn't let Lanie get too cute and shows us Lanie's vulnerability, inescurity, and her capacity for giddy joy.
Where did Lanie get her ideas about what constituted perfection? There is some nonsense about sibling rivalry with a sister who has a rich husband and a fancy house. What makes more sense is that Lanie gets her idea of perfection from the very place she seeks it: television. With an indestructible platinum helmet hairdo, flawless muscle tone, and a baseball player fiance, she's a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Walters. Her idol is Deborah Connors (Stockard Channing), the queen of interviewers, who always gets her subjects to cry. The prospect of having no more time makes Lainie think about what she was postponing. The first surprise is who she asks for advice. She turns for help to a man she thought she hated, Pete (Edward Burns), her cameraman. He tells her to talk to the people she cares about most.
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