The Nest

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Expert direction overcomes shallowness of mature drama.

R 2020 107 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

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age 17+

The Nest – Maybe Needed Better Construction

There are moments of dramatic human insights within this labored work, otherwise, it comes across as overstretched pretensions of a failed family unit - falling apart from greed and superficial delusions. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman or Eugene O’Neil but without the solid literary groundings of the latter. Direction is too often heavy handed and the trendy foul-mouthed dialog, along with a needlessly voyeuristic sex scene, limits its suitability to a wider audience. It also dangerously flirts with other genres, at times suggesting it’s heading towards a Horror theme; this will also put some audiences off. Performances from Jude Law, Carrie Coon as the parents, with Oona Roche and Charlie Shotwell as their children, are delivered in hard-working and convincing form but mostly the characters are unlikable. Cinematography is pleasing in its own drab way and it has a pensive music score that props up its drama quite well. Perhaps if given a more even-handed approach, this might have had broader appeal. As is, can’t see too many ‘enjoying’ this one.
age 12+
This movie was the waste of time as it was very slow, not gripping and badly written. The ending was very disappointing. The whole audience was loughing not because it was funny but not complete.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: November 17, 2020
  • Cast: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche
  • Director: Sean Durkin
  • Studio: IFC Films
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and teen partying
  • Last updated: November 20, 2022

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