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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Very clear message: Coveting money and pretty things isn't ultimately as satisfying as friends and family.
Positive Role Models
The main character is less a role model and more a representation of what we shouldn't be like; he does just about everything wrong -- though he does pay a price.
Violence & Scariness
Brief fight, with punching. Arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is intimate with each other in bed, kissing, cuddling, etc. Man and woman shirtless in bed, pressed together (no graphic nudity). A man touches a woman's breast (over her clothing). Kissing, breathing hard. Married man flirts with other women (he leaves wife for another woman).
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A use of "a--hole." Also "oh my God."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ticket is a drama about a blind man who regains his sight and then squanders his gift by seeking money and pretty things. Current "it" actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast, Legion) stars, but the movie is extremely simpleminded and preachy. Things never get too racy, but there is a bit of iffy content, including a little language ("a--hole" and "oh my God"), a brief fight scene with punching, arguing, and a few scenes of intimacy between the main character and several women (he's married but leaves his wife). Expect to see kissing, cuddling, and heavy breathing; some scenes imply nudity, but nothing graphic is shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While nicely filmed and decorated with soft visuals and tones, this otherwise heavy-handed, unappealing message drama tries to get its blunt point across in an awkward, obvious way. The Ticket feels like a religious comic tract, warning readers away from the dangers of sin with threats of hellfire and damnation. James squanders his gift of sight with superficiality, chasing money and beautiful girls, then forgets his family and friends and pays a price.
Even with effects like blurry images to indicate blindness, the ghastly way that James discovers that his wife has decorated their home, and the almost constantly whispered dialogue, the movie is extremely simpleminded and hamfisted. Stevens can't make James anywhere even close to appealing (he's a big jerk), and director Ido Fluk fails to elevate the other characters above anything but symbols, flat representations of his harangue against superficiality. Only reliable character actor Platt gets in a few good, satisfying moments, mainly at James' expense.
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