Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.

R 2004 123 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 1 review

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age 18+

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age 17+

Wine, women and everything inbetween

Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church have dynamic chemistry in Payne's road trip movie, a genre he and I both apparently have a soft spot for. This is often cited as his masterpiece, but "The Descendants" is still one of my all-time favorites, though I can see the acclaim this movie garnered. It's very character-driven, and Giamatti really expresses midlife frustration and depression in general very well. Haden is his opposite, his old college roommate always looking for a thrill with the ladies. The soundtrack was jazzy and fun, the performances layered and it has some very funny, very adult moments that make this for the older teens.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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