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Margot at the Wedding

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Well-acted tale of crushing family dysfunction.

Movie R 2007 93 minutes
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This was a very uncomfortable film, even for 40+ year old parents. It is very tense, sexually charged and one scene withe mother and her teacher son is just extremely deranged, bordering on sexual abuse (mother in bed with son, masturbates next to him). The mother mistreats her son in general and the whole feel is depressing and heavy. Hated it.

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Too much sex

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The film turns into a series of arguments and dire revelations; each is well acted, but their accumulation eventually feels crushing. When Margot at last decides to send Claude off alone on a bus, his simultaneous reluctance to go and desire to trust her is heartbreaking. That it's captured in a few moments in which he and his mother are at last not talking, not trying so desperately to order their feelings through language suggests at last that there's hope for them. Smartly, though, the film keeps still at last on Claude's face, letting you imagine his future.

Claude is at the center of this maelstrom of immature adults and kids who compete for attention and resent one another. His perspective more or less grounds Noah Baumbach's latest investigation of long-festering family dysfunction, and so his changing attitudes toward his mother, aunt, and Malcolm -- as well as his cousin Ingrid (Flora Cross) and teenage housekeeper Maisy (Hallet Feiffer) -- tend to shape viewers' opinion.

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