The Jacket

 
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Smart thriller is for mature older teens only.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Intense, disturbing, and graphic images, violence (including guns), murder, reference to child molestation, shock therapy.

Sex

Sexual situation, some nudity.

Language

Some very strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A lot of smoking, drinking, abuse of medication, character abuses drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes intense, graphic, grisly, and disturbing images; guns and other kinds of violence (characters killed); and abusive medical treatment. There's a sexual situation and some sexual and non-sexual nudity. Characters drink, smoke, abuse drugs, and use some strong language. Some audience members may find the themes of the film upsetting as well.

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What's the story?

After a night he can't recall, Gulf War veteran Jack (Adrien Brody) is on trial for killing a policeman. He's found not guilty by reason of insanity and sentenced to a mental hospital. Drugged and subjected to a horrifying test treatment, Jack begins to grope toward a memory of what really happened the night the policeman was killed. Diagnosed with "possibly acute retrograde psycho-suppression," Jack begins to hallucinate (however, the exact nature of his "visions" aren't clear). Soulless Dr. Becker (Kris Kristofferson) is performing the tests on Jack, even though past efforts had disastrous results and his junior colleague Dr. Lorenson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) urges him to stop. Jack comes to want more of the treatment because it is his escape, whether real or imagined. And a waitress named Jackie, who appears in Jack's visions, seems to be the key to solve a mystery more pressing than the murder of the policeman.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE JACKET is a smart thriller, with above-average heft and imagination in the story, the structure, and especially in the striking visuals. Oscar-winner Brody makes Jack capture our loyalty and makes us believe that he could capture the loyalty of the strong but damaged Jackie. Keira Knightly delivers not just an American accent, but an impressively specific one, an accent that helps convey the character. The movie goes a bit off the rails as it pulls everything together at the end, especially with regard to the medical judgment of Dr. Lorenson, but by then your heart is so much on the side of the characters that it hardly matters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how we can test what we think we know to determine what is real. Have you ever had a strong memory of something that happened to you and then realized it was from a movie or photograph? How do we know which experiments to allow, understanding that that some will fail and leave the subjects worse off than they were?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 3, 2005
DVD release date:June 21, 2005
Cast:Adrien Brody, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keira Knightley
Director:John Maybury
Studio:Warner Independent
Genre:Thriller
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity

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Teen, 15 years old Written byThePlatinumKnight April 2, 2014
 

Low drama in light thriller

More drama than thriller, and even so it was a mellow drama, violence was no issue, profanity was harsh yet somewhat infrequent. Sex scenes and disturbing content might be too much for some, parent is a hard alcoholic and smoker, daughter becomes the same. If it weren't for the great performances by Adrian Brody and Keira Knightly I wouldn't have been able to finish it, decent, but not great movie.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byLegend736 May 6, 2012
 

Good film

Great acting by Brody
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byJazzyB12345 April 9, 2008
 

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