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Starlet

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Story about doing the right thing has heavy sex and drugs.

Movie NR 2012 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Do not watch

This movie should be burned and banned very disgusting and disturbing do not watch this disgusting filth the beautiful message of the movie of an elderly and young woman relationship is ruined by hard-core porn sex scenes nudity and disgusting dialouge do not watch this if you do not want to be left with a disgusted disturbed feeling

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Disgusted Me!

I saw this and I was deeply disturbed...

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

At first glance, it appears as though STARLET is going to use the frustrating old "lie" plot, wherein an untruth brings characters together and creates conflict. But director and co-writer Sean Baker sidesteps this with subtle shadings. The money is an accident, not a theft, and the focus eventually shifts away from it. Instead, Baker spends energy making Jane and Sadie's unlikely friendship plausible. The strong performances by Hemingway and 86-year-old newcomer Johnson help.

Starlet moves at its own pace, using dreamy, sunny lighting and almost random cutting, as if to prolong the days. (Starlet the dog even appears to be asleep in most of the scenes.) None of these characters works long hours or have anyplace special to be. Even the movie's porn aspect is downplayed. As graphic as it is, it hardly affects the movie's tone. All of this makes for fertile ground in which to ponder Starlet's moral repercussions and its honesty.

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