Unforgettable

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Unforgettable Movie Poster Image
Trashy thriller about mean people has violence, sex, more.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The only takeaway of note is a cautionary one: Don't put all of your most sensitive information on your phone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters barely even seem like actual humans, much less anyone with admirable character traits.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

A few uses of "f--k," both spoken and written. Also one or two uses of "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

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.

What 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!).

User Reviews

Adult Written byM&M1995 July 29, 2017

Decent thriller movie delivers a lot of sex, some frights, and barely any logic.

"Unforgettable" is an OK movie. But rather forgettable, contrary to the title. The movie follows a couple, Julia and David, who have just recently bee... Continue reading
Adult Written byMairim Z. August 21, 2017

It sucked!!

The movie was terrible, it kept dragging on and on. The movie should have been called uncontrollable. I was truly dissapointed.
Teen, 16 years old Written byPipeCine July 23, 2017

Jealousy has been taken up to another level: Is it a pathology or an exaggerated affection?

The Greeks gather the abstraction of love in four appropriate areas, which contain affection types that empirical beings can hand over: Eros (sexual passion and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJMS12392952 August 13, 2017

Horrible

Just plain horrible. The title of this film is perfect. I will not forget this movie in a long time. I'm saying this in a bad way.

What's the story?

In UNFORGETTABLE, divorced dad David (Geoff Stults) is engaged to his new girlfriend, Julia (Rosario Dawson). Julia starts to get to know Lily (Isabella Kai Rice), David's daughter from his former marriage to blonde, perfect Tessa (Katherine Heigl). Julia is on edge because the restraining order against her abusive ex, Michael (Simon Kassianides), has just come to an end. But Tessa begins making her life difficult, too. In a crazy attempt to salvage her relationship with David, Tessa sets up a fake Facebook page for Julia, contacts Michael, and starts using Lily to subtly play Julia against David. When things turn violent, will Julia have enough evidence to prove that Tessa is behind it all?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Unforgettable's violence. Do you think all of it was necessary to the story? Why or why not? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How does the movie depict sex? Does it have anything to do with love, affection, or trust, or are there other motivations? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • In what ways could the characters have avoided this entire situation? Talking to one another? Protecting their online identity? Anything else?

  • What's the best way for kids (and adults!) to stay safe online?

  • How is this movie similar or different from other thrillers you've seen? What's the appeal of this kind of story?

Movie details

For kids who love thrillers

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