A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nobody Walks is an interesting but lackluster drama (co-written by Girls' Lena Dunham) that has some mature themes, including infidelity. A teenage character flirts with a much older man and is uncomfortably objectified and verbally attacked by another. There's kissing/snuggling and a scene in which underwear is removed, but no nudity. Language includes liberal use of strong words like "bitch," "s--t," and "f--k"), and adults are shown smoking pot at a party where their kids are also guests.
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What's the story?
Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt) and her husband, Peter (John Krasinski), are happily married, or so it seems. But when an enigmatic artist, Martine (Olivia Thirlby), shows up to work with Peter to lay down the sound tracks for her video project, their commitment to each other is tested. Meanwhile, Julie's 16-year-old daughter from her first marriage, Kolt (India Ennenga), is on the brink of womanhood, flirting with her stepdad's assistant, who's developed a liking for Martine, and lobbing verbal volleys that border on inappropriate with her much older Italian teacher. Everything suddenly feels out of sorts in their once-relaxed Los Angeles household.
Is it any good?
NOBODY WALKS has a dangerously lazy, indolent, sexually charged atmosphere that's perfect for its plot. It's about the shift that takes place when two people acknowledge that they're attracted to each other and embark on a fling that, at its best, could be described as ill-advised. The repercussions are massive and painful, the damage considerable.
But isn't that the way of compulsions? Isn't that the way of infidelity? Things just happen. Relationships just shift. What happens, though, when the coupling means more to one than the other? And when there's a true marriage involved? Nobody Walks captures this all in an intelligent way, but it's too arty and portentous for its own good. Nobody walks away unscathed here, and neither does an audience hoping for a better, more focused execution.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Nobody Walks depicts marriage. Does it seem authentic? What challenges are presented? Why do you think Julie and Peter drift apart?
What do you think the movie's message is? Who is it targeted at?
Would you consider the characters role models? Why or why not?
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