A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Conrad resorts to scamming and stealing to get by without his parents' money, but he does develop a conscience.
Positive Role Models
Beatrice is interesting and speaks her mind. Dylan is fairly loyal. Conrad isn't very admirable, but he does make changes for the better.
Violence & Scariness
A truck hits a man on a motorcycle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women run around an apartment in bras and underwear. Passionate kissing in bed. A couple is shown bathing together (only their shoulders are visible). A man kisses a woman while pawing another in a cab.
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"A--hole" and "s--t" are used often.
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Products & Purchases
One mention of Bergdorf's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple smokes the cigarettes that his family makes. Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Longest Week is a highly stylized romcom that centers on a grown man (Jason Bateman) who's always relied on the largess of his very wealthy parents but must suddenly make his own way after he's thrown out of his posh home. Strong language includes plenty of uses of "a--hole" and "s--t"; there's also some cigarette smoking (a character's family makes them), passionate kissing between couples, a couple bathing together, some scantily clad women, and a scene in which a truck hits a motorcycle. Positive messages and role models are pretty much nonexistent, and the film's clever, studied tone isn't likely to engage younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You're forgiven if you find yourself wondering whether you've seen this movie before. It starts out sounding like a Woody Allen movie (cemented when the "analyst" weighs in on his patient's dilemma and brassy jazz music arrives as a backdrop); morphs into a quirky Wes Anderson work (complete with static, centered frames; retro aesthetic; and quirky, explanatory voiceovers); and channels a tiny slice of the movie Arthur, heir-to-fortune-kicked-to-the-curb plot and all. Midway, it turns into a Claude Lelouch film.
All this to say that THE LONGEST WEEK is promising, with momentary flashes of bracing vision but ultimately tedious. It simply tries too hard. This despite a cast that includes not just the reliably appealing Bateman but also the talented but underused Crudup. (He's so good that he makes everyone else look bad.) Wilde is beguiling but in a transitory way, which doesn't really serve her character. And Jenny Slate feels like she belongs in another movie entirely. Trim the music, voiceover, and everything else that makes this film so overdone, and The Longest Week could have proved faster, smarter, and more compelling.
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