A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is more about personal struggle and less about life lessons, but there are examples of characters helping each other through crises and fighting to overcome difficult circumstances.
Positive Role Models
Movie is about ordinary people with flaws who try hard but fail just as much as they succeed. They do help each other through crises.
Violence & Scariness
Brutal car crash. Bloody wounds, with faces covered in blood. Death. A character steps into traffic and is hit by a car. Nightmarish sequences; ghostly, deathlike figures; scratches on character's stomach. Character considers suicide, climbs up on high ledge. Moments of panic. Arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fairly graphic sex scene shows a man performing oral sex on a woman, searching for condom, beginning sexual intercourse (which is interrupted). Bare breasts. Kissing. Mention of "blow job." Woman wearing bra. One character cheats on his partner by kissing someone else. Discussions about infidelity/cheating.
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Sporadic uses of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," and "blow job," plus "God forbid" and "thank God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinks at party. Characters take prescription pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wander Darkly is a sort of metaphysical romantic drama. After a car crash, a woman (Sienna Miller) believes that she may be dead, but she and her partner (Diego Luna) are able to revisit key moments of their life together. It's a bit gimmicky, but it's also emotionally powerful. The car crash is terrible, with bloody wounds. Death is discussed, and there are nightmarish sequences with scary, deathlike figures, as well as arguments, panic, attempted suicide, and more. A graphic sex scene shows a man performing oral sex on a woman; they search for a condom and start to have sex but are interrupted. Her bare breasts are shown. Characters kiss, and there's some sex talk and discussion of infidelity. Language includes sporadic uses of "f--k," "s--t," etc. Adult characters drink alcohol at a party and take prescription pills. 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 metaphysical exploration of a complex relationship may feel a little gimmicky, but the intense, intimate exploration of moments in a couple's life emerges as totally genuine. Much more graceful than an experimental attempt like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Wander Darkly seems to understand the inner workings of both characters at the same time. Yet, as written and directed by Tara Miele, it has a distinctly female point of view. As the scenes magically, crazily transition from one impossible location to another, from one time period to another, Adrienne responds in an emotionally logical manner, focusing on what's important, rather than trying to solve the mystery.
The couple's second chances are truly eye-opening; they relive the same moments and get a chance to compare notes and tell each other what they were really thinking. Or perhaps certain moment were misremembered: When a candle led to a fire in her room, Adrienne only remembered Matteo running away. But in his story, he returned with a fire extinguisher. Perhaps too much emphasis is put on marriage as a solution to everything, but, even so -- and even with its wallop of an ending -- Wander Darkly has enough fluid communication between its two central characters to make it something special.
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