A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Intense peril, characters shot and killed Intense peril
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to adultery.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has extreme and intense peril and violence. Characters are killed without provocation, and there are references to other murders. Characters smoke and use very strong language, and there are references to adultery (or the wish to commit adultery). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even the most paranoid fantasies have to make sense at some level, and this one just doesn't. This film is based on a short student film and was shot in just 12 days. It's a Hollywood film that is trying for the vibe -- and the indie cred -- of a smaller film. Phone Booth tries to have Stu's confinement in the phone booth shape both the story and its impact.
The premise is all right and while it does create a lot of tension and Farrell and Whitaker are always great to watch, the movie feels manipulative and padded. The "Who do you think you are?" sign behind Stu and the "I'll never lie again and will show the proper respect" climax are heavy-handed and pretentious and the attempted twist at the end is heavy-handed and predictable. Farrell, usually impeccable with American accents, completely misses in his attempt to sound like an upwardly mobile guy from the Bronx.
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