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Private Lesson

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Turkish comedy has language, drinking, sexual violence.

Movie NR 2022 89 minutes
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This Turkish comedy is generally good-natured and well-intentioned, but its attempt to blend physical comedy and serious drama doesn't work. It may be that some of the humor just isn't translating well in Private Lesson, but situations meant to be funny feel awkward and heavy-handed. Some sequences put young women in situations that really shouldn't be used as plot devices in a comedy, like a potential date rape, hidden cameras, and a man bribing a woman after she sends him nude photos. Coming late in the film, these scenes change the tone of the movie in a disconcerting way, even though some earlier events played for comedy also had potential to go wrong (like a young woman drinking to excess). Meanwhile, the main romantic storyline is overly predictable and reliant on lead actor Soral's beauty rather than a genuine connection between characters.

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