A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie takes place in a society wherein one group of people assumes superiority over another group. A small number of people disagree with this idea and try to change it in a positive way, without violence.
Positive Role Models
The main character eventually teaches the world a valuable lesson about living together -- though his motivation is romance, and he goes about getting what he wants in an underhanded way (including lying).
Violence & Scariness
A dead body is shown in an early scene. A few scenes of guns and shooting. The main characters are wounded, though not seriously hurt. The main character sports a bloody cut over one eye. He's also abducted by a carload of thugs, beaten up, and dumped in an alley. In a back story, the main character explains that he was orphaned due to an explosion in an oil plant.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The two main characters kiss several times. In the final scene, the woman informs the man that she's pregnant. This implies that they've had sex at some point, though no nudity or sex is actually shown.
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"God" is spoken once. A middle finger gesture is used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A central character smokes cigars. The main characters drink a special kind of blue drink from a cocktail glass, though it's not clear whether it's alcoholic. (No intoxicating effects are shown.)
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Upside Down is a sci-fi romance set on another world. Violence is the biggest issue, though it's still fairly light: Expect a few shootouts, minor injuries, and a character being abducted and beaten up off screen. A dead body is also shown in an early scene, and a character tells how he was orphaned due to an explosion at an oil plant. Main characters kiss, and it's implied that they have sex (the woman becomes pregnant). There's no language other than one use of "God" and a middle finger gesture. A central character smokes a cigar. While the movie's visuals are impressive, the storytelling is subpar, so it's likely that only the most die-hard teen sci-fi fans will be able to enjoy the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Award-winning Argentinean short film director Juan Solanas' English-language feature debut will surely wow audiences with awesome visuals, but floor them with terrible storytelling. The movie begins with the hero (Jim Sturgess) explaining the rules of the universe to us and then spends the next 98 minutes trying to avoid and/or ignore those rules. It can make a viewer's head spin trying to ask questions about how and why anything works.
If, somehow, viewers can forgive and get beyond the flimsy rules of this sci-fi universe, then they have the icky, overcooked romance to contend with. The exchanges between the two main characters are cringe inducing. Worse than failing to generate chemistry, it's a wonder how the one-dimensional Eden would ever look twice at the weird, creepy Adam (Sturgess' performance is irritatingly unbalanced). By the time the final narration kicks in, it's hard not to groan.
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