Parents' Guide to

Oregon

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Innocent couple arrested in dull comedy; language.

Movie NR 2023 93 minutes
Oregon movie poster: squares showing different people

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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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