A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of violence, including sadistic torturing, scary scenes of madness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, including sado-masochism.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very violent images, including dead and mutilated bodies. Characters use very strong language, and there are heterosexual and homosexual references and situations, including a passionate sexual encounter between two people who hardly know each other. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jackson and director Kasi Lemmons deftly blend Romulus' internal and external worlds in THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE. Romulus' rational self is represented by imaginary conversations with his estranged wife (a beautiful performance by Tamara Tunie). Feore as Leppenraub and Anne Magnuson as his sister give multi- layered performances that lend weight and complexity to the story.
Romulus, like Leppenraub, is haunted by nightmare images and obsessions. For Romulus, though, they are madness. For Leppenraub, they are art. Romulus' fears make people feel discomfort and pity. Leppenraub's make people feel titillated and clever. Romulus must use his madness to understand the killer, but he must use the part of him that is not mad to put the pieces together and make sure that the killer gets caught.
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