Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Elderly existential angst, plus language, drinking, smoking.

NR 2017 88 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 18+

A thinking moviegoers movie. Nobody dies, nobody gets shot. Harry Dean Stanton is fabulous . The actors are to be commended. The sound track is perfect. A colorful film noir.Pay attention to the dialogue and you will be rewarded.

Not for kids. Millennials probably will not get it. A must see for a film buff.
age 15+

No to kids, yes to adults

It takes a thinking adult to appreciate the grace of this film. It does not glamourize smoking - smoking was a powerful and ever present vehicle. There is swearing, but not gratuitous. The brief incidence of pot smoking was not glamorized. It would be odd to imagine anyone who'd want to run out and start smoking pot after seeing this. Among many other "adult" themes, the film covers the nature of existence, life, and death. Growing old. Religion. Compassion. Free will. Never mind keeping kids away because of the swearing and smoking; kids can't process intellectual topics of this level (I have a hard time and I'm 61!) and will probably be confused or maybe even scared a bit. The age at which anyone will make sense of this film will vary. Some people may never have the capacity - or interest - to grapple with these real-life complexities that are uncomfortable or challenge their own beliefs. I thought it was a complex and moving film. That Harry D Stanton died before its release was a powerful coincidence, but not at all essential to an appreciation of the movie.

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