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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages honesty in admitting wrong. Also encourages empathy and helping the downtrodden, especially if you've never really considered them before. Encourages sympathy for angry, frustrated people who've suffered hard times. Rewards the brave and the helpful while punishing the greedy and cowardly.
Positive Role Models
The main character, a TV host, learns to set aside his cynical, selfish attitude to help another person. Other characters show bravery and decency.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters are shot; some are wounded, some killed. Some blood shown. Threat of explosives. Someone is hit in the head. Images of a violent miner's strike in South Africa. Image of a woman in an old movie wielding an ax, plus other semi-violent images from old movies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A secondary character tests an "erection cream." He has standing-up sex with a woman; both are covered with clothing, but it's still graphic.
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--ksucker," "p---y," "son of a bitch," "ass," "bastard," "balls," and "goddamn," plus "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief images of minor characters snorting cocaine and smoking pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Money Monster is a hostage story crossed with a "media circus" story. It has some violent scenes: There are guns and shooting, characters are wounded and killed, and blood is seen. There are other brief violent images, too, plus the threat of explosives. Language is strong but not constant, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "bitch," and more. A secondary character tries out an "erection cream" and has sex with a woman backstage; they're covered by clothes, but the scene is still pretty graphic. Minor characters snort cocaine and smoke pot briefly. Though it's not a movie that's likely to stick with you, it does showcase bravery, empathy, and honesty. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though this familiar material has been done before, both better and worse, Jodie Foster directs with a satisfying combination of admirable skill and old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment. This is her fourth feature directorial effort, and, after working on House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, she seems more technically proficient. Some sequences set in the TV studio of Money Monster contain many images and audio feeds, and Foster juggles them cleanly and effectively.
She tells her story with a few surprises, teeing up fairly typical scenes (a plea to the viewing audience, the kidnapper's girlfriend showing up, etc.) but then having them turn unexpected corners. On the other hand, neither Clooney nor Roberts is particularly challenged here; both are asked to simply be their charming, movie star best. And though the movie is about financial fraud, the ending is more fantasy than reality (it's no The Big Short). But, as an entertainment, it's right on the money.
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