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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Intense violence and peril, dead bodies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity, adultery.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke, character gets drunk to deal with stress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes nudity, an adulterous sexual situation, extreme peril and violence, strong language, and drinking and smoking. There's an off-camera but vivid search of a dead body. Regina responds to the stress of having to identify her late husband and being questioned by the police by getting drunk. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
I can't figure out how a studio decided to take a classic like Charade and remake it without a single one of the ingredients that made it great. The dreamy theme song by Henry Mancini is gone, except for a dozen brief, quiet bars almost lost amidst the screeching, thumping soundtrack. The witty dialogue is gone, except for a couple of quips. They left out one of the best last lines in the history of movies. But, worst of all, the star power is gone, too. This movie has some attractive and talented actors. But I think I can state without fear of contradiction that Mark Wahlberg is no Cary Grant. This remake is simply a pedestrian and mildly weird standard romantic thriller, below average but not unwatchable.
Director Jonathan Demme undercuts the suspense with clumsy exposition and poorly handled characterization. Wahlberg looks puffy and unhappy and has no chemistry with Newton. And there are some surreal moments (possibly tributes to 1960s French New Wave films) that don't work at all.
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