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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People can disagree and still love and support each other. Sometimes you have to separate from family in order to make coming back more meaningful.
Positive Role Models
Elijah is a thoughtful, intelligent, decent man and dutiful son who wants to find his own passion in life.
Violence & Scariness
A beloved family member dies of a long illness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss briefly in bed, she in lingerie and he bare-chested.
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"F--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "bitch," "ass," "d--k," and "p---y."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol. A man pursues a career in fine wines.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Uncorked is a mature film in the sense that it's full of wisdom about how kids pay homage to their parents at the same time as separating themselves, and how hard that can be emotionally for both the parents and the kids. A death in the family unbalances the family dynamic. A man and woman kiss briefly in bed, she in lingerie and he bare-chested. Although language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and the "N" word, most of it's heard in the score's rap lyrics. A man pursues a career in fine wines; adults drink. Positive messages about the importance of family and accepting those you love just as they are make this a film that parents and older teens can appreciate together. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a beautiful, moving, subtle, well-made film about families, the natural process of growing up and away from your parents, and then coming back to them for all the right reasons. Athie as Elijah never takes a false step as a son both devoted to his dad and also afraid to disappoint him. Writer-director Prentice Penny (TV's Insecure) captures a sense of family and the way real people speak to each other, and shows how much the father and son, seemingly at odds, actually have in common. The father is a perfectionist about his barbecue, an expert on wood for smoking, meticulous about the meat he buys and its marbling. Elijah exhibits the same attention to detail, but in a different world, a world where fewer Black people are likely to be major players, and that feels even more like a rejection to the dad.
Niecy Nash, in a delicious performance that feels like a warm bath of parental love, conveys unconditional acceptance of her son, not taking his interest outside the family business as a rejection but rather as a sign that her son has found his own path. Apart from the inclusion of a girlfriend played by Sasha Compere that adds little to the plot, Uncorked is a high-level course in Family that older teens and parents can appreciate.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.