By Tara McNamara,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Impulsive, sexy romance has nudity, drugs, drinking.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Offers a reality check on the passionate, idealized "love at first sight" relationship. Also offers a message with an element of "look before you leap" when it comes to romance.
Positive Role Models
Characters aren't role models, but they do provide positive gender representations. Women are successful, demonstrate sexual agency, establish boundaries, advocate for their beliefs. And a dad prioritizes pursuing a relationship with his son. Greek culture is well/positively represented.
Violence & Scariness
Aggressive pushing and shoving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent, explicit sex scenes. Full-frontal female nudity, with breasts frequently exposed. Bare male and female backsides -- often in sexual situations. Immature behavior includes sexual jokes.
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Strong language throughout: "a--hole," "crap," "d--k," "s--t," and plentiful use of "f--k." "P---y" used to mean weak. Crude joke.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy drinking and smoking. Cocaine on a couple of occasions. Drinking and drugs shown to be tools for uninhibited fun.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monday is about a drunken hookup that turns into a passionate romantic relationship. Main characters Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough) can't keep their hands off each other, getting frisky allllll over Greece, usually in public places. The sex is explicit, with frequent nudity. Life's a party to Mickey, and Chloe's along for the ride: They both drink heavily, and cocaine use is shown in a couple of scenes. On one wild night, they even drive under the influence -- and while they do suffer consequences, it's unlikely to have a lot of impact on viewers. The film does suggest that the qualities that create an attraction to someone may not be the same qualities that lead to an enduring relationship. But young people are more likely to take away the message that drinking, drugs, and random hookups are fun and can lead to love.
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What's the Story?
On a Friday night in Greece, Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough) meet at a party, and it's love at first sight. After they spend an intense weekend together -- knowing Chloe is returning to America -- what happens to their love affair on MONDAY?
Is It Any Good?
Impulsive behavior, nudity, and nonstop sex on the big screen feel like relics from the 1980s -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing ... for adults, anyway. With Monday, writer-director Argyris Papadimitropoulos has created a modern update on '80s-style grown-up romance and added a twist of reality, though it could send an iffy message to teens. Lovebirds Mickey and Chloe may have some sensibility when they're sober: Chloe is a confident attorney who establishes boundaries, and Mickey is a fun-loving musician who longs to spend more time with his son. But together, they make impetuous decisions in the heat of the moment, and for the most part, it doesn't catch up with them. They drink heavily, do drugs if available, and live a wondrous life of "why not?" The audience, it seems, is meant to be aghast at their irresponsibility, but we can't help but get caught up in it and wonder whether we, too, shouldn't live with a little more abandon.
Masterful directing makes it easy to get caught up in the characters' romance, which is marked by audacity and adorable, sizzling banter. Most of the film doesn't dwell on the big issues. For instance: She's moving, and he wants her to stay. But we skip through the negotiation and instead spend all day with them as Chloe moves into Mickey's apartment. It's the little things that buoy a love affair, and we bask in it with them. And, as doubts seep in, we're right there, too. As much as we fall for Mickey and Chloe's love, we also fall in love with Greece. This isn't a drippingly gorgeous scenic travelogue; its appeal is in yard parties, beach swims, and even difficult advertising clients looking for a jingle imbued with just the right amount of Greekness. Unfortunately, the "Friday" and "Monday" timetable gets confusing to know just how much time has passed, and the film eventually drags a bit -- 20 minutes could have been cut out, and we'd all be the better for it. Still, Monday brings the heat for date night, as long as you can appreciate its warning against following your loins into love.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the sex in Monday. How does it compare to what you've seen in other romance movies? This is an independent film; why do you think studio films are less likely to portray sex acts on camera?
Can Greece be considered a character in the film? How does Monday compare in that way to other movies where the location is its own character (e.g., Sex and the City, Lost in Translation, In Bruges)?
Is this a character-driven or a plot-driven story? What's the difference?
What camera techniques are used to make viewers feel a part of the intimacy growing between Mickey and Chloe? How does the cinematography change once their relationship starts to falter?
Why do you think these two personality types are attracted to each other? Do you think "opposites attract" in real life, or is it something created more for storytelling purposes?
- In theaters: April 16, 2021
- On DVD or streaming: February 15, 2022
- Cast: Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough, Dominique Tipper
- Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
- Inclusion Information: Black actors, Latinx actors
- Studio: IFC Films
- Genre: Romance
- Run time: 116 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity/graphic nudity, drug use, and pervasive language
- Last updated: June 2, 2023
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