A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Determination, perseverance, and hard work will get you somewhere, especially when they're combined with vision.
Positive Role Models
Ray Kroc isn't pleasant. His single-minded pursuit of success sometimes means others are neglected, with their feelings derailed. But nobody can deny his work ethic or deep desire to see his dream come true. He's also brilliant at what he does. The McDonalds are principled visionaries, albeit purists who get in the way of their own dreams.
Violence & Scariness
Confrontations/yelling about both business and personal issues.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married man flirts with a married woman and eventually seduces her, off screen.
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Language is infrequent but strong; words used include "f--k" (once), "s--t," "hell," "bulls--t," "bitch," "ass," "Christ," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
The film could be considered a feature-length ad for McDonald's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking by adults, usually at meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Founder tells the fascinating history of how fast-food chain McDonald's began -- and became a global brand. Expect many intense conversations/confrontations among stakeholders; some of them end up in loud, menacing arguments. There's some swearing (including a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," and more) and social drinking by adults. A man and woman who are each married to others flirt with each other, and he eventually seduces her off screen. While main character Ray Krock (Michael Keaton) certainly isn't warm and fuzzy, he does show that determination, perseverance, and hard work can pay off. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tense, entertaining, and nostalgic yet decidedly modern, this drama is a feast of filmmaking. The Founder pairs brilliant acting with great storytelling to create a movie that, despite its long run time, moves like an energetic athlete. In short, it's a delight. But it's also frightening in a way, offering a study in how vision can build kingdoms -- but also destroy others' dreams and lives, as well as, in some touching ways, the visionary himself. Still, if there's one character Keaton can portray with might, it's a driven, passionate, bombastic, and sometimes-terrifying man like Kroc. He's admirable but also alienating, a character very relevant for these modern times.
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