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Parents' Guide to

The Motive (El Autor)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Spanish dark comedy has nudity, sex, language.

Movie NR 2018 112 minutes
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Strong performances by a talented cast bring a spark to this darkly comic character study of a talentless hack, and the tight script quickly draws the viewer into the well-structured story. The Motive manages to maintain interest and suspense as we watch Alvaro make worse decisions at every turn. Director Manuel Martín Cuenca wisely stays mostly out of the way, letting the script and the talent do their jobs.

Gently paced and quiet in tone, one or two moments do start to drag, but the story soon picks back up and draws you back in. The adult themes explored, comical negative models and messages, and brief but graphic sexual content make it best for older teens and up.

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