A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although the movie is often sad and painful -- showing that any marriage, no matter how solid it seems, can be shaken to the core by tragic events -- ultimately, it says that even if love can't prevent fissures, it can heal them.
Positive Role Models
Rocked by a horrible tragedy, Becca and Howie are in pain and unable to cope. But they allow each other space and do their best to accept their uneasy present. Becca also displays an enormous capability for forgiveness, even if she's hard on herself.
Violence & Scariness
Some loud and emotional arguments. A woman slaps a stranger. A couple mourns the death of their young son, who was accidentally hit by a car. Viewers don’t see the event, but it's discussed a lot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple talks about not having sex. A woman becomes pregnant by a man who was seeing someone else. A married man flirts with another woman and contemplates infidelity.
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Language includes “prick,” “s--t,” “goddammit,” "ass," “a--hole,” and, once “f--k.” Also "oh my God" and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Some companies/brands are mentioned, including Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Ambien.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking. Two people smoke pot (using a pipe) in a car.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this affecting play-based dramedy starring Nicole Kidman explores the aftermath of a profound loss -- parents mourning the accidental death of their young son. It's unflinching and, thanks to that brutal honesty, may be too heavy and hard to watch for younger viewers. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), pot smoking, and discussion about sex and a child's death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Kidman is impressive as the wounded Becca, who won't let anyone attend to her pain. She's prickly and unpredictable, and her heartbreak is deeply felt despite her attempts to dismiss it. Her scenes with the incomparable Diane Wiest are a joy to watch, if only to see them play mother and daughter with such realism and knowing. Eckhart surprises with a vulnerability we rarely get to see him display, and Teller is memorable as a teenager trying to find his way back to a happier life. A few moments work too hard to evoke emotion -- the scene in the supermarket, for instance, when Becca is shocked at her own display of rage -- but those are, thankfully, the exceptions.
Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, RABBIT HOLE turns its viewers into witnesses of a marriage at a crossroads: Can their grief cannibalize their marriage, their selves? It's a weighty question that the film embraces, beautifully. Rather than provide audiences with the expected portraits of anguish, it aims for an unvarnished and messy truth -- difficult to categorize, stunning to watch.
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