A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some diversity in the cast.
Violence & Scariness
A suicide (or murder) in the form of a plunge from a building.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is physical affection between Eloise and Tom Tom, but nothing too objectionable.
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Plenty--there's a very foul-mouthed elderly resident who uses the F-word and every other profanity imaginable.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is a lot of mature content here, but most older teens won't have the patience for it anyway. Parents should be aware of some mature themes (murder/suicide, the exploitation of mentally handicapped characters) as well as some extreme profanity and violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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