A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People struggling with trauma, past abuse, grief, and/or depression need support and understanding; sometimes counseling can help. Don't judge people by their appearances. Artists derive fulfillment from process of creation. Successful people are more likely to get away with odd or inappropriate behavior.
Positive Role Models
Godfrey is still grieving from something that happened when he was younger and from ongoing emotional abuse of alcoholic foster parents who only took kids in to make money. His foster sibling Shad looks out for him but has his own troubles with drugs and the law. Sara feels she's wasting her talent on meaningless romance novels, uses her new friendship with Godfrey as material. The "bosses" in different office settings treat their employees harshly and focus only on results, namely profits. Diversity in cast.
Violence & Scariness
A 5-year-old girl is remembered to have fallen out a window to her death. Sara meets Godfrey in a dark alley at night and feels momentarily in danger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Quite a lot of sex talk from female characters, with references to "masturbating," getting "laid," "diddling," being turned on, "banging hot dudes," "getting hard," "who do I have to blow," castration, abstinence, "c--k," "boners," and an unhappy marriage. Sara writes "soft-core" romance novels. Her debut was titled Sext. Her agent sets her up on a blind date because she hasn't dated anyone since she broke up with her boyfriend, who is now expecting a baby with another woman (who Sara now stalks on social media). Sara and Godfrey wake up next to each other in bed but fully clothed after a date; she says they just snuggled. Two performers simulate sexual acts in full body suits on a stage.
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Multiple uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bulls--t," "damn," "dammit," "goddamn," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "mofo," "bull," "d--k," "boner," "Oh my God," "c--k."
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Products & Purchases
Set in Seattle; various neighborhoods are mentioned. Mac computers and iPhones are seen. Characters mention Dockers, Banana Republic, the movie Scarface, the band Blues Travelers.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer and cocktails at various events, including art gallery reception and rave. Mention of drugs: being "a little high," wishing to be "on drugs," being a "stoner," a description (from a film) of a cocaine deal gone bad. Godfrey hand-rolls a cigarette or joint and gives it to someone. Shad sells "weed" and says even though it's legal, people still like the draw of buying it on the street. An older couple is said to be regularly drunk or passed out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Right One is a dramatic comedy that addresses mental health issues and the foster system under the guise of a romance, and dialogues can get quite raunchy. The main male character struggles with depression or PTSD from his experience in an abusive foster home where alcoholic parents took kids in just to make money. While there's little that's graphic on-screen, a past event involving the death of a 5-year-old girl is referenced. Meanwhile, adult female characters talk about masturbating, being turned on, "banging hot dudes," "getting hard," "who do I have to blow," castration, abstinence, "c--k," "boners," and an unhappy marriage. The main female character writes "soft-core" romance novels, and her agent is worried that her writer's block stems from not "getting laid." Language also includes multiple uses of "f--k" plus "s--t," "bulls--t," "damn," "dammit," "goddamn," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "mofo," "bull," "d--k," "boner," "Oh my God," and "c--k." Adults drink beer and cocktails and mention past use of drugs. One character hand-rolls a cigarette or joint and gives it to someone; another sells "weed" and says even though it's legal, people still like the draw of "buying it on the street." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes good intentions aren't enough to make a good movie, and unfortunately this one isn't very good. The Right One tackles the manifestations of a young man's past trauma as part of a story of two unconventional people falling in love. The problem is that the script doesn't address the roots of Godfrey's odd behavior until an hour into the film, leaving us with characters who just come across for the bulk of the story as self-involved, immature, or unlikable. Situations and dialogues lack the necessary subtlety to be as funny or as edgy as they're intended.
We see this with Sara and her agent-slash-friend Kelly, despite the best efforts of Coleman and Shlesinger. When Kelly tells Sara that her "manic pixie dream girl" shtick is wearing thin, she might be mislabeling the character, but we can't help but agree. When she tells her she's "mistaking crazy for interesting" in Godfrey, we know where she's coming from. Thune's Godfrey lacks the charisma or brilliance he's meant to exude. There are a lot of worthwhile ideas in here about dealing with mental health issues, the possible flaws of the foster system, and artists' need to create and be authentic to themselves, but the final jumbled result unfortunately falls flat.
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