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Parents' Guide to

Mortdecai

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tiresome caper comedy has big stars, little appeal.

Movie R 2015 106 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

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 slapstick. Sex and nudity: 5/5 Innuendos, innuendos, and more innuendos. Swearing: 5/5 what you'd expect from a movie like this. Consumerism: 3/5 some product placement. Drugs/alcohol: 4/5 Drug use. Beer is consumed at a dinner party. Off for 13 and under, Pause for 14-16, On for 17+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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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