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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Explores tension between a performer/artist's private life and public persona. Makes it clear that artists shouldn't be expected to live up to their onstage standards when they're not "on" and that audiences use celebrities and can strip them of their humanity.
Positive Role Models
At first St. Vincent/Annie is kind, thoughtful, generous, but later she's self-absorbed and cruel. Carrie is observant and supportive.
Annie and Carrie are both White, but St. Vincent's collaborators include a Japanese performer. LGBTQ+ representation with Annie and Dakota's relationship, and a journalist who mentions her girlfriend. Carrie is known as being bisexual in real life, but it's not part of the story.
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Violence & Scariness
Annie and her fake family shoot guns at a "family reunion." Creepy/disturbing scene where it's unclear what's real and what's imagined.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Annie and Dakota are shown wearing lingerie; they ask Carrie to record them having sex, but nothing other than kissing is shown. Viewers can hear the women moaning, but the camera stays focused on Carrie closing her eyes and looking away. Annie wears lingerie-like outfits for her concert performances.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "c--t," "damn," "goddammit," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink in a couple of scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Nowhere Inn is a mockumentary with a dark twist. It centers on real-life musician St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) having her friend Carrie Brownstein (playing herself) direct a behind-the-scenes documentary of her life during a concert tour. As the film starts to derail, so does Annie and Carrie's friendship. Those familiar with St. Vincent's music will appreciate getting to see her perform several of her songs. Annie and her girlfriend have sex; it's heard more than seen, but they're shown wearing lingerie, kissing, and in a bed together. Expect several uses of strong language, including "f--k," "motherf----r," "damn," "goddamn," etc. People shoot guns at a family reunion. Adults drink a couple of times, and there's a creepy sequence in which reality blurs. The movie includes LGBTQ+ representation, and one of the main band members is Asian. Parents and teens who watch can discuss whether the public's expectations of artists are unfair as well as the tension between artists' private and public selves. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fascinating meta documentary that's at times humorous and provocative, an exploration of how artists protect the difference between their performative and private identities. St. Vincent is a riveting performer; she's luminous and expressive. Her concert self is fierce, colorful, and commanding, and offstage she's surprisingly sweet and kind as "just" Annie -- until she realizes that perhaps even Carrie thinks she's too nice and boring to make a documentary interesting. Then all bets are off, and Annie transforms into a self-absorbed diva who revels in managing how she comes across. Brownstein, meanwhile, is amusing as always with her nervous and exasperated energy that morphs into confusion, anger, and resignation.
This collaborative film will force audiences to wonder what's real and what's made up, which facts are manufactured and which are verifiable. Each artist brings authentic-seeming "issues" with their careers and fame to the film, but there are obviously layers of fiction painted over even realistic conversations about touring, TV work, and more. The scene with Annie's fake family is particularly effective, because even a cursory amount of research confirms that she does have a lot of siblings and hails from Texas. Of course, the movie's singing, shooting family isn't really her own -- but they're an example of how St. Vincent wants to project (and protect) her image. Dakota Johnson is hilarious playing herself, but as Annie's girlfriend. And the music is great, even though The Nowhere Inn isn't strictly speaking a concert documentary. Bottom line? This bizarre but entertaining film is worth seeing precisely for all its strangeness.
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