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Parents' Guide to

The Jacket

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Smart thriller is for mature older teens only.

Movie R 2005 102 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

A different kind of film

This is a good alternative film if you are tired of the stock standard films that come out of Hollywood and don't want to travel too far back in time to get a good film fix. It is just weird. It is kind of quirky like eternal Sunshine of the spotless Mind mixed with Being John Malkovich- It's not so much about meaning sometimes as it is about imagination and what can be beautiful. The film also has some intense themes like Brody's horrid treatment in a mental facility and mistreatment by people in general. It was quite underrated at the time- too underated it you ask me. The performances delivered by all the actors are on point (Brody, Knightly and Craig stand out to me), the score by Brian Eno is beautiful and the filmography is great. The film itself has some really touching moments. This is not the film for you if you can't deal with somewhat complicated plotlines. If this review sounds weird that's exactly what the film is like so good, enjoy it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

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