Swept Away

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Swept Away Movie Poster Image
What a waste of potential.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Characters in peril, abuse, near-rape.

Sex

Sexual references and situations, sex as power.

Language

Very strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking, drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie contains strong language, some violence, and a near-rape. Amber's verbal domination of Giuseppe on the boat is disturbing, but his physical domination of her on the island is completely unsuitable for younger children (and many adults).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byuytt2 December 17, 2009

pass

what the hell was guy rtchie thinking
Teen, 17 years old Written byKoOkYMoNsTa234 April 9, 2008

SWEPT AWAY how was this supposed to be bad?

I personally enjoyed Madonna's film SWEPT AWAY. If they toned down the language and one specific scene (in which I discuss later) this could have easily be... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPrincessCharmed797 December 19, 2012

Swept Away

I personally enjoyed Madonna's film SWEPT AWAY. If they toned down the language and one specific scene (in which I discuss later) this could have easily be... Continue reading

What's the story?

SWEPT AWAY begins as ultra-rich, bored, and spiteful Amber Leighton (Madonna) grudgingly boards an insufficiently luxurious private boat from Greece to Italy. She is accompanied by her stone-faced husband (Bruce Greenwood), who seems vaguely amused by his wife's tantrums, and two other couples. Crew member Giuseppe (Adriano Giannini) who cannot adapt to his new role pampering rich Americans, who represent the evils of capitalism, which he feels robbed him of his previous job as a fisherman. Giuseppe becomes the target of Amber's derision; she the subject of his disgust and, after seeing her muscular beauty sunbathing, perverse attraction. Through a series of mishaps, Amber and Giuseppe wind up stranded on a deserted island where the tables are turned. Amber must rely on Giuseppe's fishing abilities to survive and he is far from a willing provider. In exchange for food, Amber must become his servant – washing his clothes, kissing his feet, responding to his slaps with "yes, Master" – a situation in which she finds that she actually loves him just as he loves her.

Is it any good?

What a waste of a good idea. Imagine the potential: Gritty, innovative director Guy Ritchie remakes a provocative film about gender and class and the clash of diametrically opposed individuals when the tables are turned on their situation. Mix in sexual tension, a deserted island and two attractive co-stars and you could have a beach bonfire, lighting up the night with fire and sparks. But in this case, there is no spark to start the fire and the only thing "swept away" is the one hour and thirty-three minutes spent watching.

Adriano Giannini, whose father (Giancarlo Giannini) played the same character of Giuseppe in the original 1974 film, glowers convincingly onscreen, but it is a generally wooden Madonna who adds the one spark to this otherwise soggy fare during her fantasy dance sequence.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power politics in relationships. How is the power dynamic of domination and submission affected by situations beyond the characters' control? How does money influence the actions of the different characters?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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