Parents' Guide to

Third Person

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Good actors wasted in muddled mess with sex, language.

Movie R 2014 137 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

This confusing movie has a lot of sex/nudity.

I'm not sure most teens will want to watch his film, and that's good because they probably shouldn't. Paul Haggis, who directed Crash, tries to recreate some of that magic in this move. Olivia Wilde is in this movie so of course she is naked and in a few sex scenes. They are not overly explicit, but they are certainly not for kids. The language is a little rough, and there is a strong product placement for Apple. One of the main characters smokes and drinks, and another drinks and drinks in a bar. This is not a great movie so if any of this content concerns you then don't bother with this film.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

Despite the presence of fine actors doing fine work -- especially Wilde, bringing intelligence and playfulness to her role -- THIRD PERSON is an absolute mess. The gypsy/child-trafficking plot is the weakest; despite the early reveal that it's a scam, the story somehow keeps going, with characters conveniently overlooking crucial events. Coincidences, such as a lost piece of paper or surprise revelations about someone's identity, feel like total writer's inventions rather than anything arising naturally out of the story.

Writer/director Paul Haggis, whose Best Picture winner Crash is as criticized as it is admired, seems to have banked on the idea that the mystery of the stories' connections would keep audiences invested for 137 long minutes. But the characters make this difficult, continually distancing themselves with their dumb behavior. The final reveal is more infuriating and frustrating than it is thoughtful. It's a dirty trick that may have viewers calling for that Oscar back.

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