Critically acclaimed French drama goes a thin line between PG-13 and R!
"The Intouchables" is a French drama based on a trues story. It was a huge success in Europe, bith financial and critical. I actually was surprised that this movie wasn't nominated for the Academy Award as "Best Foreign Language Film" since in Europe, this was the most acclaimed movie of the year.
"The Intouchables" is a witty and sweet story about a friendship between the handicapped, but wealthy Philippe and the big-mouthed african-origined Driss. While they are both minorities, they both have faced the dark side of life. The two very different people learn from each other, and a very strong friendship begins.
What makes "The Intouchables" more than just a French version of "The Odd Couple" is its original way of storytelling. It is serious and comic, both touching and funny. it is one of the few movies that doesn't focus on political correctness, but still treats everyone with respect. This is not a big budget Hollywood movie, and that what makes its charme. It lacks the structures we are used to, and brings in something new. Sometimes you don't need a plot twist or a highlight to make a movie good. If you expect a pure drama or comedy movie, you will be disappointed. But if you're open for something new, you'll be fine with this movie.
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The movie is neither violent nor sexual. There are some verbal references to sex and sensuality (a character gets aroused by getting his ears rubbed), but it is at the PG-13 level.
There is one scene in which characters smoke marijuana, but there is not much talk about it. Since i'm strictly against drugs, I don't know if this will appeal to others. But it is not that strong. Know your kid.
There are about 10 uses of the f-word (in subtitles), very infequent.
This movie goes a thin line between PG-13 and R. If there was no language, it was PG-13 for drug abuse and some mild sex references.
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I think it is okay for teens and up.
This title contains:
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking