A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Each main character is struggling with something, whether it's succeeding at work, being likable, or being who they truly are. But Cristian is the only one positive and brave enough to really change their life.
While the movie is directly about diversity and difference, and features diverse characters and a focus on "modern representation," the perspective and main character remains heteronormative. The main character is arguably a conventional representation, and the trans character's storyline is secondary. The fat man's quest for romantic love is stereotypical.
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Violence & Scariness
A man "comically" tries to convince his assistant to go into the bathroom with him to have sex. The man grabs her arm forcefully until the woman breaks free and runs off. Two adults comically slap each other in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie begins with an explicit sex scene (with vigorous thrusting), partial nudity, and frank discussions about sex. Some nudity in paintings shown, including bare breasts and a penis. A man masturbates on a toilet (no nudity). Some romantic kissing and dancing.
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Strong language includes: all variations of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "whore," "d-ke," "f--got," "transvestites," "the gays," "d--k," "intersexuals," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
References to Vanity Fair magazine and WhatsApp.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown casually smoking cigarettes, cigars, and marijuana joints. A woman takes some MDMA and gets high. Adults drink alcohol, gin and tonics, beers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mirror, Mirror is a Spanish comedy about four employees at a cosmetics company. Each person is missing something in their lives, whether it's success at work, at love, or at being who they truly are. There is an explicit sex scene, partial nudity (butts, bare breasts, and a penis in paintings), and a man masturbates on a toilet. One scene shows a man trying to coerce his assistant into the bathroom for sex. Adults are shown casually smoking cigarettes, cigars, and marijuana joints. A man takes MDMA and gets high. Strong language throughout includes all variations of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "whore," "d-ke," "f--got," "transvestites," "the gays," "d--k," "intersexuals," and "damn." A fat man's quest for romantic love is stereotypical. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's sometimes hard to tell who Mirror, Mirror is for, exactly. While the tone mostly conveys positivity and lightness to the "serious" topics of diversity and inclusivity, the comedy sometimes seems to come from the perspective of those unfamiliar with the "modern" sensibility the film builds into its very story. In other words, the humor can often feel misguided, presenting the "how does all this pronoun stuff work?" perspective.
Further, three of the four main characters are cisgen and straight, which reinforces the "bewilderment" perspective of those confused by the new "modern" ways of being. But for many, most if not all this might be forgivable given the film nevertheless still features trans people (even if not from a trans perspective) and an inclusive message of diversity.
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