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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Trashy thriller about mean people has violence, sex, more.

Movie R 2017 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

It sucked!!

The movie was terrible, it kept dragging on and on. The movie should have been called uncontrollable. I was truly dissapointed.
age 15+

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 been seeing each other. Julia moves to a different city, a smaller community to move in with David and his young daughter Lilly in their grandiose home, and they plan on getting married. Julia is introduced to Tessa, who is David's ex-wife and Lilly's real mother. Julia quickly realizes that Tessa is controlling (e.g., forcing Lilly to ride a horse even though she's scared, dictating what her daughter eats, etc). We see that Lilly is uncomfortable around her mother Tessa and is closer to Julia. Tessa, seeing how close Julia is to her daughter and her ex-husband, ultimately goes mad and plots her revenge. She tries to break up Julia and David's relationship in a twisted way by setting up a fake Facebook account with Julia's photos in order to get in contact with Julia's abusive ex-lover who she has a restraining order from. I won't spoil anything else though if you intend to watch the movie. It's really important to focus when watching the movie because at some points there's a lot going on and it can become confusing, and certain events are crucial to future scenes. The movie's casting choices are whatever... you probably will not recognize the actors here, aside from Rosario Dawson as Julia or Katherine Heigl as Tessa, who plays the role of the obsessed ex-lover quite well, despite it being a fresh role for her. The acting is actually not so bad; it is somewhat believable and doesn't feel too forced. There is some foul language in the movie (e.g., Julia occasionally proclaiming that Tessa is "f*cking with her"), but it is not at all frequent or too vulgar. The movie contains some suspenseful moments, such as when Julia has visions about her ex-lover being in bed with her or walking past her kitchen window. However, these "jump scares" are mild considering "Unforgettable" is not a horror movie, but a thriller. Violence is also present, with characters pushing, punching, stabbing, hitting, and threatening each other. Tessa, in one scene, falls down the stairs and injuries her hand. Julia gets a bloodied face from a vicious encounter with her ex-lover who breaks into her house. The last ten minutes is a catfight between Tessa and Julia, they throw each other around and basically trash Tessa's house. Tessa also mistreats her daughter in some scenes and certain viewers may find it difficult to watch. There is social drinking in the movie, Tessa drinks wine often (possibly to alleviate her emotional distress), and Julia and Tessa both drink several margaritas in one scene at a restaurant. Tessa is seen smoking a cigarette at one point. In terms of sex... there is plenty of it. We see Julia's bare back and butt as she prepares to take a bath. Tessa has sex with a random man in a vehicle (the scene lasts a few seconds; she is thrusting on top of him). Julia and David kiss and make out throughout the movie. In an early scene they have sex but nothing sensitive is shown (the scene lasts about a minute or two), otherwise they are simply shown in bed together. Tessa masturbates in front of her laptop as she sex chats with Julia's ex-lover... all we see is her hand going under her robe and we hear some moaning, her eyes closed, etc... we see suggestive photos of Julia in lingerie as well. A very sexually explicit scene where Julia and David have sex in the bathroom at a work dinner... they get partially undressed and it is implied that Julia gives David fellatio, then they grind against each other on the wall and on the sink. The scene lasts a good two minutes, nothing sensitive is shown. References to infidelity and infrequent discussion about sex. The ending of the movie is a bit surprising, a bit disappointing, and definitely unrealistic. Overall, watch the movie if you enjoy romantic thrillers but you're not missing out on anything special if you skip it. 15+ could handle the movie, for sure.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 21, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: July 25, 2017
  • Cast: Katherine Heigl , Rosario Dawson , Geoff Stults
  • Director: Denise Di Novi
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Black actors, Indigenous actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, violence, some language, and brief partial nudity
  • Last updated: September 30, 2022

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