A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. People are self-absorbed.
Positive Role Models
Many characters see things only from their own point of view.
The action takes place in Istanbul and features a mostly Turkish cast.
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Violence & Scariness
A man falls downstairs without injury. References are made to terrorists, left- and right-winders, anarchists, drug dealers, and arms dealers as examples of threats to society. An old movie is shown in which a man is comically, overdramatically, shot several times.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple has brief, clothed sex. Another couple is briefly shown having clothed sex on a couch. A sex worker sits at a police station.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "screw," "hell," "damn," "scumbag," "bastard," "piss," and "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Someone stops drinking alcohol. Adults smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Oregon is a Turkish comedy set in 1980s Istanbul. Two former film students visiting the city try to drop off a borrowed item and get arrested. A man falls downstairs without injury. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "screw," "hell," "damn," "scumbag," "bastard," "piss," and "crap." Couples have brief, clothed sex. References are made to terrorists, left- and right-winders, anarchists, drug dealers, and arms dealers as examples of threats to society. There's some smoking. In Turkish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If only any of the characters were more than clichés, if only Oregon didn't wander off into dull monologues about love, war, and filmmaking, this could have made an amusing student film or short. As it stands, the only interesting character is a famed actor played by the confident Nejat Isler, and he doesn't show up until the last 15 minutes. The director clearly set out to make a good movie but the judgment is off. He has said that he liked this script because it was set in the '80s, a time when he believed people were "more naïve." He claims that everyone then thought the 1980s was a "bad" time, but, according to him, we now know that every succeeding decade has been far worse. This is an interesting premise, but it doesn't really show up in the film.
Instead, he's created a comic exaggeration of his characters' naivete to the degree that the characters just seem ignorant and ill-informed. It's us looking back condescendingly who feel wrong and naïve in our view of them. The film ends with another cliché -- we learn how some of the characters we never began to care about ended up 20 years later.
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