A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People are capable of selfless acts for those they love. Marriage takes work and compromise; so does parenting.
Positive Role Models
Cameron and Kate make a selfless sacrifice for their loved ones. Cameron is a loving husband and father.
The cast is diverse, with Black and Asian actors in primary roles.
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Violence & Scariness
A man collapses multiple times, including one time that leads to a seizure. People are dying of cancer. A fatal motorcycle accident is described. Two characters fight. People feel grief. A dad grabs a video game from his young son and throws it against a wall.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, flirting, and romance.
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Very frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "wanker," "screw."
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Products & Purchases
Some brands are seen, most notably Nike. The characters and settings suggest wealth.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swan Song is a futuristic tale about cloning that tackles mature themes about love and death. It's more of a character drama than a sci-fi thriller: Main character Cameron Turner (Mahershala Ali) is grappling with his own impending death from cancer as well as his feelings about creating a duplicate of himself to help his family avoid the grief of losing him. Flashbacks and memories include scenes of romance and love between a married couple, who kiss and flirt. A man collapses multiple times, including one time that leads to a seizure. A fatal motorcycle accident is described. Two characters fight. People grieve. Language includes lots of use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "wanker," and "screw." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sensitive performances drive this high-concept drama, which aims to inspire deep thoughts about the pros and cons of technological advances and what humans are willing to do for love. Some of the futuristic gadgets in Swan Song don't feel that unimaginable -- like driverless cars, smart contact lenses in place of phones, life-sized video calls, and 3D video games. But other inventions, like the cloning of a person and all of their memories and experiences, aren't just distant but ethically challenging, too. Ali thoughtfully embodies the moral quandaries at stake in his dual roles as the dying Cameron and his clone, "Jack," both of whom are conflicted about the journey they're embarking on.
The film builds a certain amount of suspense in whether Cameron will go quietly and whether Jack is ready for his new job. That tension is stylishly visualized in the movie's cold colors and sparse settings. Some of the flashbacks to Cameron's memories look like ad campaigns (and raise the question: do we see ourselves from the outside in our memories?). Ultimately, Swan Song drags in the second half. The story's focus on the emotional drama feels stretched a bit too thin for a full two hours. But the cast is very watchable, especially the magnetic Ali, Harris as his beloved wife, and Awkwafina as a fellow client with a sense of humor. Alas, the always solid Close is underused as the doctor overseeing the cloning process, and the likable Nyasha Hatendi (Casual) never seems to get enough screen time.
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