A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Strong female characters.
Violence & Scariness
Brief but graphic violence, tense family scenes, reference to child abuse
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, including teen sex, masturbation and infidelity
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Very strong language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film depicts very mature themes, including domestic violence, drug use, sexual politics, infidelity, underage sexuality, runaway teens, and child abuse. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although it makes some interesting insights, PERSONAL VELOCITY never quite gets up to speed. Director Rebecca Miller has transplanted her short, ambitiously descriptive sentences from page to screen, taking advantage of the often unflattering effect of shooting in grainy digital camera to mirror the warts-and-all descriptiveness of the text. Kyra Sedgwick clearly relishes the role of steely-eyed, Delia, who leaves the brutal Kurt (David Warshofsky) for a hard new life fending for her kids. Parker Posey plays Greta with a deft touch and apparent ease, providing the least-self-conscious of the storylines and some much needed levity. It is left to Fairuza Balk, who does an excellent job of projecting an iron will and feral impishness, to wrap up the stories with the sadly predictable "answer" to life's big questions. Have a baby.
This dramaturgical triptych is drawn with a surgeon's precision, clearly labeling each heroine with her individual attribute: Delia Shunt is Courage; Greta Herskovitz is Ambition; Paula Friedrich is Hope. Perhaps Miller fears that sentimentality will prevent her characters from being "bony, rough and true", but in taking a knife to the fat of emotions, she has left us a curiously lean dish.
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