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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film about couples and how people who love each other get along sends a mostly positive, if comic, message about long-term relationships.
Positive Role Models
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have what appears to be a very normal marriage, and the whiff of intrigue surrounding their neighbor's mysterious behavior adds some spice to the relationship. They doggedly try to determine if a neighbor has murdered his wife. They follow him around, break into his apartment to snoop, and lie to him about their motives. In the end, their behavior may or may not be justified.
Violence & Scariness
The couple at the center of the film suspects their neighbor has murdered his wife and spend much of the film wondering if any foul play has actually occurred. By the end, there's a dead body, a chase scene, and some comic gunplay.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex, though some discussion of sex and suggestive comments.
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Occasional swearing, including "s--t" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking at restaurants and small gatherings in apartments.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this witty, wonderful Woody Allen film focuses on the possibility that a murder has occurred, but there's only some mild comic violence during the climax. The main characters snoop around to dig up the truth, even lying to their neighbor, who they suspect of the crime. There's some suggestive dialogue and rare swearing (including "s--t"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY is one of director Allen's better films in a long career filled with hits and misses. The mystery at the center is fun, satisfying, and surprising, and the audience will enjoy uncovering the truth nearly as much as the four characters.
But that's only part of the story. Like many of Allen's movies, the story is a partly a vehicle to show off the characters, and to see how they relate to each other. And there's no more delightful Woody Allen movie pairing than him and Keaton to take on the roles of the long-married Liptons, who love each other and are comfortable with each other, but a little bored, too. The murder investigation is just the thing to infuse some needed zing into their relationship. And we, as viewers, are lucky to come along for the ride.
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