Parents' Guide to

The Million Dollar Hotel

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Self-indulgent and boring; mature teens only.

Movie R 2000 122 minutes
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The biggest problem with The Million Dollar Hotel is that the supporting cast is made to be absurdly erratic. They twitch and screech and scratch up a storm, until the whole movie seems like the cinematic equivalent of a bad headache. Only Gibson plays the conventional, deep-voiced straight arrow detective, although he is stuck in a ridiculous brace (apparently he has had his third arm removed from his back) that makes him look like an extra from The Fifth Element.

All the atmospheric ticking and shrieking make it hard to see what the movie is intending to convey, or even who the characters are beneath all of that scenery-chewing. Teens are likely to be confused and bewildered by this movie, particularly since they'll probably fail to recognize many allusions to film noir conventions.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 10, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: October 30, 2000
  • Cast: Jeremy Davies , Mel Gibson , Milla Jovovich
  • Director: Wim Wenders
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 122 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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