A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie centers on a dysfunctional family gathering to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of a family member, killed while covering the Iraq War as a reporter. As the characters continue to grieve, they also must contend with disagreements, lingering resentments, and dark secrets that threaten to tear the family apart.
Positive Role Models
Movie centers on a Jewish American family as they try to mourn the death of a son/brother who died in Iraq while working as a reporter, and struggle to connect amidst lingering resentments and dark secrets. Diverse characters.
Violence & Scariness
While trying to play tennis in the middle of an argument, a woman hits the ball as hard as she can, striking her husband in the eye. Woman draws blood by biting her husband's lip while on the verge of having sex.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Husband and wife shown attempting to have sex -- engaging in violent foreplay resulting in a bloody lip, masturbation, different sexual positions -- no nudity. Husband and wife shown trying to have sex in a hotel room in the hopes of having a child -- moaning, no nudity. Brief nonsexual nudity -- female buttocks. A circumcision joke.
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"F--k" used several times. Also: "bulls--t," "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "ass." Middle finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marijuana smoking. Cigarette smoking. Wine drinking at dinner. Beer drinking in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The World Without You is a 2019 book-based drama in which an estranged Jewish family reunites to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the untimely passing of a beloved family member. The characters struggle with a wide array of issues, including separation, impending divorce, loss and grieving, eating disorders, religious faith, and the struggles one couple experiences while being unable to conceive. The movie is set in the mid-2000s, and the person the characters mourn was an idealistic reporter who was killed in the Middle East while covering the Iraq War. While there's no nudity, there are some graphic depictions of sex or attempts at sex. Some profanity, including "f--k" used several times. Some off-color humor, including a circumcision joke. Marijuana smoking. Cigarette smoking. Beer and wine drinking. While this is an excellent movie, the slow pace and heavy adult subject matter make it best for older teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The World Without You is a thoughtful drama exploring a family on the verge of falling apart. Reuniting for what may very well be the last time for a memorial to commemorate a family member killed one year ago while covering the Iraq War as a reporter, the family must confront their many issues. All the marital woes, sibling bitterness, and simmering resentments are constantly bubbling beneath the surface, so much so that the spark that causes the explosion seems like it could happen anywhere at any time. What the movie so beautifully and painfully captures is this this portrait of individuals, couples, and family members no longer able to maintain a facade that's crumbling anyway for all to see. The actors brilliantly convey the many tensions these characters are living with, and how close they are to simply walking away from each other for good.
The movie is based on a novel, and like the family itself, there are moments when it seems as if the numerous conflicts are going to overwhelm the central story, but it maintains a steady focus amidst all this chaos. The complexities of the different characters would be a challenge that many filmmakers wouldn't succeed at when adapting this novel into a story, but the assured direction and the gifted ensemble cast more than rise to the challenge. The movie's slow external pace and very heavy adult themes make this best for mature teens and adults, and should inspire discussion on the many topics and conflicts the characters contend with and how difficulties can strengthen or destroy relationships.
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