A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No overtly positive messages, but the film explores the theme of finding a way to share one's extraordinary gifts with the world without allowing them to be exploited for financial gain.
Positive Role Models
Like fairy tales, characters are too archetypal and fantastic to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Mother slaps her son in one scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the lead character's male friends tells him "You'll never get laid." Lead character works at the front desk of a seedy motel whose clientele are prostitutes and their customers.
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"F--k" used several times throughout the movie. Mild profanity infrequently used otherwise: "s--tty," "damn," "hell," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Beer drinking in a bar. Martini and champagne drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Man Without Gravity is a 2019 fantasy-drama about the life of a man born with the ability to float weightless in the air. The movie is in Italian with English subtitles. There's some profanity, including "f--k" used several times. Scenes later in the movie center on a seedy hotel used by prostitutes and their customers. Some drinking, cigarette smoking. The movie itself is a beautiful rendering of "magical realism" in the tradition of writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Italo Calvino. The deeper themes of the movie are tailor-made for mature teens, and should inspire discussion about how the movie uses the story to explore themes such as how rare talents can be kept hidden out of fear of society's judgments or used and exploited for money and fame. 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's possible to simply enjoy it as a fairy tale, this brilliant and beautiful piece of magical realism is so much more. Like the best magical realism or the fantastic worlds of science fiction, this movie takes a simple premise then extrapolates it into exploring deeper themes relevant to very real concerns. While very much its own fictional world, the world presented in The Man Without Gravity has quite a few similarities to our own -- how we use, misuse, or even exploit our talents, our unhealthy obsessions with fame and celebrity, the feeling of disconnect in a "connected" world.
While this is a movie that can easily be enjoyed by adults, it also seems tailor-made for the kinds of teenagers who are first beginning to see the deeper meanings beneath the surface of a story. Fans of writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Italo Calvino will notice the clear influence their work has on director Marco Bonfanti's sensibilities, and how the characters and story unfold. That said, besides these titans of literature, Batman also has left his mark on the story. Overall, The Man Without Gravity is the kind of movie that warrants and rewards multiple viewings.
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