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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The only takeaway of note is a cautionary one: Don't put all of your most sensitive information on your phone.
Positive Role Models
The characters barely even seem like actual humans, much less anyone with admirable character traits.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody wounds, blood stains. A man hits a woman, punches her, slams her up against a wall, and pushes her down. Characters are stabbed in the leg and chest and hit with a fireplace poker. First-person flashbacks to an abusive ex. Some scary stuff, jump-shocks. A woman falls down the stairs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two fairly graphic sex scenes include thrusting but no graphic nudity. In another scene, a naked bottom and partial breast are shown as a character prepares to step into the tub. A woman masturbates, touching herself under her robe (implied, not shown). Sexual innuendo/sex talk. A woman mentions having an extramarital affair. Kissing. Couple in bed together.
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A few uses of "f--k," both spoken and written. Also one or two uses of "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Apple iPhone and Facebook are part of the plot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character runs a brewery. Several scenes of social drinking. Reference to an alcoholic father. Main characters drink two margaritas each at lunch (no ill effects). Character hides a pack of cigarettes. A woman drinks wine alone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unforgettable is a thriller about a woman (Katherine Heigl) who tries to ruin her ex-husband's new relationship. Things get pretty violent; there are scenes of a man beating up a woman (punching and throwing her) and her stabbing/slicing him. Other characters are stabbed and hit with a fireplace poker -- bloody wounds and blood stains are shown. There are two fairly graphic sex scenes; while neither of those includes graphic nudity, there's partial nudity in another scene (bottom, part of a breast) when a woman prepares to step into a tub. Masturbation is implied, and there's kissing, innuendo, and sex talk. Language isn't frequent but does include a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink socially on several occasions, and one character drinks alone, while another hides cigarettes. Apple iPhones and Facebook make prominent appearances, since a key part of the plot involves social media manipulation (which leads to the movie's only notable takeaway: Don't put all of your most sensitive information on your phone!). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A better title for this terrible thriller would have been Unforgivable. Hamstrung by clueless writing and directing, it fails on just about every level, trying to wring thrills by pitting mean characters against dumb ones. Unforgettable -- which, by the way, is a title that has nothing to do with anything in this story -- has the kind of painfully awkward dialogue that makes you think the screenwriters weren't comfortable, or even familiar, with human conversation. It also seems to have no idea how life in general works. One character keeps her birth certificate, passport, and other sensitive data on her phone, which is easily stolen (and this after she's already been victimized).
Characters who are supposed to be in loving relationships don't share crucial information with each other; the result is that it's difficult to care about them on a basic level. And then, when the thriller stuff kicks in, it's impossible not to laugh. The camerawork by director Denise Di Novi (a veteran producer making her directing debut) is clumsy and dull; she vaguely attempts to borrow from many other permutations of this formula but doesn't seem to have any idea why those things ever worked. For some, Unforgettable could be a so-bad-it's-funny experience, but for many, it will just be aggravatingly bad.
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