A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film asks "what if" and explores the results of different choices, large and small, but it doesn't really offer any clear answers to the questions it poses.
Positive Role Models
The couple at the center of the film has a warm and tender relationship, and they support each other through difficult and turbulent events.
Violence & Scariness
One sudden assault, and several intense chase scenes (on foot) through the streets of New York, with occasional gunshots.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One sex scene with brief flashes of partial nudity.
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Regular but not constant swearing, including "s--t" and "f--k" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
A Chase bank and a Palm Treo both play important roles and are mentioned by name several times.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking at parties by characters who are of age.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this indie movie -- part thriller, part drama -- may prove too offbeat and experimental for teens, even though it stars (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It asks some big questions about family and relationships but doesn't really answer them, and there's not a lot to take away from watching. Expect a fair amount of profanity (including "f--k" and "s--t", a brief sexual interlude with no outright nudity, and some gunfire that results in death (though it's not particularly graphic). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Certainly, Uncertainty is creative. The twin storylines appear to reference a major decision that Bobby and Kate face in their relationship -- to keep or not to keep something -- and the two scenarios unfold simultaneously in a conceptually intriguing way. But while the exceedingly gifted Gordon-Levitt and the able Collins make for a watchable pair, the setup is gimmicky and the resolution unsatisfying.
It's as if we're watching two different films, one a thriller, the other a drama. And when the two finally meet in the end, we're more perplexed than satisfied. But New York City is beautiful here, grit and all. In either storyline, it, more than anything, holds the audience's gaze.
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