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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
Positive Role Models
Mortdecai may sometimes be unscrupulous, but he's a loyal husband who's committed to seeing his mission through.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoonish, slapsticky violence, without too much blood or gore. Villains wield knives and guns and threaten to use them; gunshots and knife (and sword) fights; beatings and insults. Torture is threatened.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of innuendo and references about a character (Mortdecai's manservant, Jock, who beds virtually every woman he sees). Mortdecai is seen with an erection (covered). Some kissing (more attempts than actual kissing), and scantily clad characters. A topless woman sits atop a man, but her breasts aren't shown.
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A couple of uses of "f--k," plus "damn," "bitch," etc.
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Products & Purchases
An Apple computer is visible, as is a Rolls Royce, which features prominently in the plot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mortdecai is Johnny Depp's cheeky, if inert, heist-type movie, with plenty of sexual innuendo and farcical hijinks. Expect frequent cartoonish, slapstick-style violence: People get stabbed, shot at, and punched to bits, but it's all treated lightly, and there's not much blood. While there's no graphic nudity (a topless woman sits astride a man, but her breasts aren't seen; other characters are scantily clad), there are lots of unsubtle references to sexual acts and one character's many conquests. Language includes a few milder words ("damn," "bitch") and a couple uses of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is not exactly the recipe for a successful action comedy. Here's a clue to how tedious a movie is: If, while you're watching, you're mentally trying to recast the main part to imagine what it would be like were it played by an accomplished comedian of the likes of Steve Martin or Will Ferrell just so you can imagine the film hitting some sort of stride, things aren't going swimmingly. Such is the case with MORTDECAI. To be fair, it does have something going for it, mainly the supporting cast, especially MacGregor and Paltrow, who manage to rise above it all and squeeze some joy out of their parts.
Alas, not Depp. With Mortdecai, he's fashioned yet another character made of very specific eccentricities, making him altogether unreal and inauthentic. And while there is, of course, much latitude when it comes to comedies -- bigger personalities do exist in this genre -- Depp's Mortdecai doesn't feel real in any scale, rendering him unapproachable and, worse, tiresomely affected. Plus, the script lacks energy -- and humor.
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