A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everything happens for the best. You never know until you try.
Positive Role Models
A man is a liar and a cheat. A woman is clueless about the sketchy character of her boyfriend of two years.
Violence & Scariness
A woman is mugged and has a cut on her forehead. A pregnant woman has a car accident and loses her baby. A pregnant woman falls down a flight of stairs and loses her baby.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman walks in on her boyfriend having sex with another woman. No nudity is seen. A couple is seen making love in dark shadows. Two adults kiss. A man is bare-chested in the shower. A woman is seen in the shower from the shoulders up. A woman tells strangers she gave someone a blow job.
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Expect to hear "s--t," "bastard," "d--khead," "c--k," "blow job" "piss," and British slang: "shag," "bollocks," and "bugger."
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Products & Purchases
An Audi is seen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink lots of beer, wine, and alcohol, at times to extreme drunkenness. Adults smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sliding Doors is a 1998 fantasy about finding love featuring two parallel stories. By chance, a woman discovers her boyfriend is having an affair at the same time she meets a much nicer guy who's getting divorced. Pregnancy and losing a baby are plot points. Characters drink alcohol to excess and smoke cigarettes. Expect to hear "s--t," "bastard," "blow job," "d--khead," "c--k," "piss," and British slang: "shag," "bollocks," and "bugger." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The parallel "what if" construction of this fantasy at first seems interesting and full of potential, but 20 minutes in, you have to wonder about the benefit of the increasingly clunky conceit. As the movie goes on, it turns out that whether Helen learns her useless boyfriend is having an affair sooner or later makes absolutely no difference to the outcome or the artfulness of the movie. In fact, the strategy at first suggests how different life can be if a different path is taken, but that notion is dashed by an ending that delivers two results that are essentially the same. Paltrow is likable, but her English accent is labored and, given the details of the script, utterly unnecessary.
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