A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages. Film is primarily about two people deciding to commit murder.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are primarily involved in adultery and murder. There are also other forms of dishonesty.
None of the characterizations are very deep, including those of the two characters of color, Marilyn's stepdaughter, Astrid (Chase Sui Wonders), and Chase's boyfriend, Jared (KeiLyn Durrel Jones). Plus, Jared is one of the two characters who die, and he's killed callously, as a way for the main character, a White man, to attempt escape. An "Indian Head" quarter is mentioned throughout the film, and the use of that term, however colloquial for that type of quarter, is insensitive.
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Violence & Scariness
Murder, throwing furniture. Scenes mentioning domestic and sexual violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of long sex scenes, including various levels of partial nudity (hips, thighs), sex acts, and sounds. Connor runs without a shirt on.
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Language includes "s--t," "f--k," "piss," "ass," "bitch," "goddamn," and ableist phrases such as "stupid" and calling a character "dumbs--t." Another character is called "blubber boy," making fun of his weight.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Out of the Blue is an erotic thriller about a man (Ray Nicholson) who falls in love with a married woman (Diane Kruger). The two then conspire to kill her husband. Violent scenes involve murder (two characters die), destruction of property, and mentions of domestic and sexual violence. There are lots of sex scenes with various levels of nudity (hips, legs, a shirtless male chest), plus sounds and movement. Strong language includes "s--t," "f--k," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director Neil LaBute tries (but fails) to cash in on classic film storylines and aesthetics with this erotic thriller. Out of the Blue feels more like a storytelling exercise than a finished feature. Several things make the film feel immature, including its clear but clunky homages to classic films. There's a literal call-out to TCM, plus scenes from vintage movies, as well as interstitial captions that mark the passage of time within the story. Other examples of awkward homage include a character dressing in a way that's reminiscent of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, vintage or retro-style clothing on most of the cast, and an overreliance on the storylines of older films, such as The Postman Always Rings Twice (which is name-checked in the film) and Double Indemnity.
What's more, Out of the Blue lags and is a little boring. Maybe that's because it feels so familiar. But maybe it's also because the characters are pretty clichéd: the femme fatale, the unwitting guy who's entranced by love and/or lust, and, of course, the husband who's a menace but isn't fleshed out beyond that. And then there's the fact that Connor just isn't believable as someone who would kill, period -- much less for love. With a character death that could make some viewers frustrated by the way that people of color are portrayed and a twist ending that makes no sense, Out of the Blue unintentionally reminds you that you could be watching the other, more engaging films it's trying to emulate instead.
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