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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main character is wholly motivated by vengeance.
Positive Role Models
Characters drink, smoke, steal, lie to one another, sell drugs, and commit murders.
Violence & Scariness
The actions depicted in the film are set into motion by the rape and murder of Leonard's wife. Leonard is motivated solely by his desire to find and execute the man he believes killed her. Blood and fighting are seen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of bare-chested shots of the main character, plus one glimpse of his naked rear end.
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Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "c--t" and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The film deals extensively with drug deals, although the only drug use actually shown is a woman who snorted something that was probably cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Memento follows the efforts of a man to avenge the rape and murder of his wife. Throughout the film, Leonard is motivated solely by his desire to find and execute the man he believes killed her. Characters drink, smoke, steal, lie to one another, sell drugs and commit murders. This isn't a film that most viewers will be able to absorb easily: The plot is relayed in a jumbled fashion, as Leonard suffers from short-term memory lost, and the audience primarily relies on him for information. Expect strong language, some blood and fighting, and a dark/mature feel. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
When first released in 2000, MEMENTO made quite a splash; the film's narrative is far from traditional, and the movie is definitely aimed at an audience with a high level of visual literacy. The story is relayed in fragments, echoing Leonard's experience of short-term memory loss.
For many viewers, the film will be something of a head-scratcher, the kind of thing that bears a few repeat viewing and a lot of furrowed brows. Director Christopher Nolan's sparse style plays well here. The plot is complex enough on its own, and the film rests largely on the strong performances of the major characters.
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