A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie asks a big question: Do we control our own destinies, or is our fate predetermined? Here, it's made clear that free will is a myth and that there is indeed a master plan for humanity -- and that people who stray from the path that's been set for them will face dire consequences.
Positive Role Models
David Norris seems to be living a charmed life as a rising star in politics, but he's willing to give it all up for love.
Violence & Scariness
Some extended, frantic chase scenes, a few fistfights, and one shocking car accident.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing, and one love scene (but no nudity).
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Occasional swearing includes a couple of uses of "f--k" and several "s--t"s, plus "bulls--t," "hell," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," and more.
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Products & Purchases
A Nationwide billboard is shown several times. Damon's character has an iPod.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes feature people drinking beers in bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this twist romance wrapped up in a sci-fi thriller tackles some complicated themes -- i.e. who controls our fate? -- that might be too overwhelming for tweens and younger. The way the movie addresses them is also pretty tricky to follow, though it's sure to spur some mind-bending questions. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and a few scenes with drinking, as well as one relatively tame love scene. There are also tense chase sequences, fistfights, and a shocking car accident. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This strange hybrid of a movie -- part Bourne Identity, part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and part Romeo and Juliet (yes, it's that knotty) -- certainly isn't perfect. To start, inconsistencies abound: Why does David's watcher come to his aid? Is the chairman God? And the suit-and-hat men are too amorphous. There's also some genre confusion; the movie sells itself, especially in the first act, as a suspenseful thriller, but then it takes a hard left into romantic territory, making for an unsubtle transition that's hard to shake. Though you'll probably like where it ends up, you're left with the unmistakable feeling that there was another movie in there somewhere, still waiting to unfold.
But despite its issues, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU works. It's a romance unlike most others we see onscreen -- taut, suspenseful, and unabashedly passionate. Damon and Blunt, though not exactly scorching, share an easy, playful, sometimes tender chemistry. Though they don't appear hungry for each other, physically, they convince as a couple inextricably drawn to and deeply familiar with each other. No, the film's not perfect, but neither is love -- or life.
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