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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ultimately the movie is about how far people will go for money. Will they sacrifice their own humanity and compassion? Do they have the strength to walk away if it's the right thing to do? Ends on an upbeat note.
Positive Role Models
Characters are flawed and make iffy decisions but in the end choose to do the right thing.
Only a few characters here, none of them of color. But women are depicted as strong and complex.
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Violence & Scariness
Gun shown in more than one scene. Character who's shoved against the wall cuts the back of their head, resulting in a bleeding wound. Character has a vision about drowning and panics. Dialogue about death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless woman's bare breasts are partly obscured by her long hair. Bare female bottom. Shirtless male. Three characters kiss passionately under the influence of Ecstasy. Strong sex-related dialogue.
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Sporadic language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bats--t," "bitch," "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
Shake Shack mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters take Ecstasy; their "trip" is shown. Reference to smoking a "fat blunt."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Immaculate Room is a thriller about a couple (Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth) who sign on for an experiment to see if they can last 50 days in an empty room for $5 million. It doesn't really push any boundaries, but it looks great, and the actors sell it. A gun is shown in more than one scene, and a character is shoved against the wall, causing a bleeding, dripping head wound. A character has a vision about drowning and violently panics. A topless woman's bare breasts are visible but partly obscured by her long hair; her bare bottom is also seen, as is a man's bare torso. Three people take Ecstasy, get high, and kiss one another. Dialogue includes occasional use of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more, as well as sex-related talk, dialogue about death, and dialogue about smoking a "fat blunt." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While it doesn't go as far or dig as deep as it might have, this tense drama still has interesting ideas and vivid visual schemes, as well as strong performances. The design for The Immaculate Room is everything you could hope for. The room is vast, with nothing but a bed, a little nook for the doorway, and a separate bathroom (food, or, rather, goopy life-sustaining liquid, is delivered at mealtimes). It's oppressive in its whiteness, and the movie takes on a whole different tone after Mike's beautiful, eerie green artwork adorns the walls. Hirsch and Bosworth provide the movie's beating heart, adding just the right amount of energy to the still surroundings.
You can't help wishing that they had come more mentally prepared for the boredom -- their "this'll be a piece of cake" attitude at the start is laughable. And the twists in the third act feel a little too cursory, a little too easy; the characters become less human and more like pawns of the screenplay. As The Immaculate Room wraps up, it feels like it isn't really about much more than money and how it corrupts. Even so, it generates a certain amount of suspense with its simple question: How long can they last, and, perhaps more importantly, how long would we, the viewers, last? It's an OK effort, but it's a shame that The Immaculate Room had to cut corners.
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