Mortdecai

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Tiresome caper comedy has big stars, little appeal.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 106 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mortdecai may sometimes be unscrupulous, but he's a loyal husband who's committed to seeing his mission through.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

A couple of uses of "f--k," plus "damn," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

An Apple computer is visible, as is a Rolls Royce, which features prominently in the plot.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking.

What 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."

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBan Moy May 22, 2015

That was... Strange

You can tell that this is a January flick. Not a good movie.
Messages:0/5 meant for entertainment.
Role models: 1/5 Mortdecai is selfless.
Violence: 2/5 mild s... Continue reading
Adult Written byerica921 April 4, 2015
Teen, 16 years old Written byBB2233 January 26, 2015

An okay movie

When walking into the theater to see this movie, I had very low expectations. However, the movie exceeded my expectations. Yeah, this won't be the best m... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybiovox14 April 15, 2017

Not that funny

Ok, so first off, if it didn't have those three F-words, this movie would have been PG-13. There's no nudity, and only sexual comments at best, and th... Continue reading

What's the story?

British art dealer Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is in a financial pickle: His less-than-straightforward ways of doing business have caught up to him, and he may just need to auction off his favorite painting. In comes MI-5, led by his frenemy, Alistair Martland (Ewan MacGregor), who's in love with Mortdecai's wife, Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow). Apparently, an art restorer has been murdered, and the Goya she was working on has disappeared. Where could it be, and who's after it? Also: Will Mortdecai's wife ever kiss him again now that he's grown a mustache?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mortdecai's tone. Is it more of an action movie or a comedy? Who do you think it's intended to appeal to? Would it work as well with less-edgy content?

  • Does the comedy in the film justify the means that Mortdecai takes to make his situation right?

  • Why do you think Mortdecai finds himself in this particular pickle: Is he a charlatan or simply inept?

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