The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Swedish Forrest Gump + caper comedy has violence, language.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 114 minutes

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Positive Messages

Life is what it is, and it does what it does. Don't spend time or energy thinking about it. Just go along wherever it takes you; everything will work out. Keep an open mind and take a peek around the next corner; the world can still surprise and delight you even after 100 years.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Allan is a good role model for curiosity, staying open to life's possibilities, rolling with the punches. But he's killed people. He's always loved blowing things up, and mostly through sheer luck managed to turn that love into a legitimate career. Despite the bad things that happened to him, he harbors no resentment, keeps his optimistic outlook. Absurd racist beliefs from the early 20th century lead to Allan being sterilized when a doctor specializing in "racial biology" finds he has Negroid features and is prone to violence. The movie makes it clear how ridiculous these assumptions are.

Violence

Never gory but often shockingly sudden. Accidental killings: unintentionally freezing a man to death, knocking an attacker out with a croquet mallet. Gunshots, including execution by firing squad and war-time deaths, show small amounts of blood, some spray from exiting bullet. A man is blown up; his disembodied head is briefly seen. A dead pet cat with some spots of blood around. An elephant is shot multiple times but is immediately seen being treated and doing fine. An elephant sits on a man; he suffocates. A couple of car crashes: a victim with lots of blood on his head; he recovers. Some injuries after fights, confrontations (e.g., blood on clothing, lacerations).

Sex

A man and woman kiss and he fondles the woman's breast over her clothes. A man and woman are fully clothed on a bed in positions that imply they're about to have sex. A newborn baby is shown smeared with blood.

Language

Translated from Swedish:  "f--k," "s--t," "d--k" (body part), "damn," "goddamn," "hell," "ass," "bitch," "f--got," "a--hole."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes of drinking to excess and behavior like slurred speech and stumbling. A minor character throws up and a short while later asks for another drink. A man tells someone in hysterics to stop taking pills and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a comedy adventure in Swedish with subtitles. The strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch," along with infrequent but shocking violence, means it's not for kids. Some blood is seen as a result of shootings (including an execution by firing squad and some wartime violence), people and animals being blown up by dynamite, and accidental murders. There's a brief shot of a disembodied head with little other gore. Adult subjects and a main character looking back over his long life are unlikely to hold the interest of teens. A couple of brief scenes show a man and woman kissing while the man gropes the woman's breast over clothing, and a couple in bed who are about to have sex, although no sensitive body parts are shown. Lots of scenes show drinking, many times to excess, and consequences aren't always shown. Overall messages are about not overthinking things and just going with the flow, wherever it takes you.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCharlie Hubbell September 12, 2018

What's the story?

In THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, the man in question is Allan (Robert Gustafsson), recently forced to move into an old-folks home and not too happy about it. He's always loved blowing things up, so when he hears a bunch of small explosions nearby, he sets out to investigate. Going whichever way the wind takes him, he eventually finds himself in the countryside with three new friends, an elephant, and a suitcase full of money. Hot on his heels are the not terribly interested police inspector called in to find him and the desperately interested biker gang who want that money. Each new step along the way brings back memories for Allan, and we see his remarkable life as he makes his way through some of the 20th century's most important historical events. Will Allan and his friends get to keep the money? Will Allan end up back in the home?

Is it any good?

A talented cast, a tight script with genuine laughs, and an easygoing tone held throughout this movie make it enjoyable viewing for mature teens and up who can handle the violence and language. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is an odd combination of Forrest Gump and caper comedy, but it works. There's no Hollywood bloat here, and the movie never tries to be overly dramatic or poignant. Instead it breezes along at a nice pace, with flashbacks woven skillfully into the story with narration so that it's never confusing or hard to follow.

The sharp contrast of the light, comedic tone with some of the violence adds to the shock value and sometimes feels out of place. But viewers will quickly find themselves rooting for Allan and his new friends, including Sonja the elephant. Definitely not a family movie, but parents and older teens who are foreign-movie buffs can enjoy this one together.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Is it realistic? Is it needed to tell the story?

  • What about the strong language? Is it realistic? Which characters use it, and which don't? Does that tell you anything about them?

  • The movie shows a lot of drinking. Is the drinking glamorized? Is it a big deal?

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