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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes open and honest relationships, putting loved ones before your career, the power of redemption.
Positive Role Models
Stuart learns from his mistakes, realizes that his relationship is more important than a business contract or deal. He's an eloquent, persuasive speaker. Louise is a kind, generous vineyard owner.
Violence & Scariness
A man pursues and shoves another man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few love scenes featuring kissing and two people in bed. A man's bare chest is visible; so are a woman's bare shoulders, cleavage.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "bulls--t," "goddammit," "wanker," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Mercedes, Longchamps, Blanton's bourbon.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking: bourbon and wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Under the Eiffel Tower is a romantic dramedy about a down-and-out 50-something bourbon salesman (Matt Walsh) who finds love, and a better version of himself, while on an extended vacation in France. The movie's premise isn't too likely to appeal to teens, but the content is age-appropriate for high schoolers who might want to see a movie about a middle-aged man in crisis. Expect some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "wanker"), lots of drinking (bourbon and wine), and a couple of non-graphic love scenes. Themes include substance abuse, adultery, midlife crises, and unexpectedly finding love after a difficult situation. 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 dramedy is neither romantic nor comedic enough to be a lovable romcom, but thanks to the central couple, it has just enough heart to be a passable fantasy of finding love abroad. Walsh is a gifted everyman of an actor, but he's best at comedy, so those aspects of Under the Eiffel Tower are the most memorable. Walsh is good with the humiliation humor of Stuart's misguided (and super creepy) proposal to Ros -- and the messy way he attempts to recover by teaming up with smarmy Liam. Despite being less conventionally attractive than Liam, Stuart is the much more believable match for the lovely, intelligent Louise.
But it feels like all of the movie's plot points are taken straight from a grab bag of clichés. At this point, not even the intrinsic charms of Paris, fine food, wine, and the French countryside can make up for the predictability of this story about a middle-aged man in crisis who ends up winning the heart of a gorgeous woman. The acting is fine, but the story is so formulaic that it's basically forgettable, making for an uneven combination. Still, in addition to Walsh's capable performance, Godrèche stands out as the complicated and generous Louise, and Scott is utterly believable as an amoral narcissist. The cinematography doesn't need to do much to immerse audiences in France's beauty, but by the end, the movie feels like yet another redo of so many similar films.
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