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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.
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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