A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters lie and cheat.
Violence & Scariness
Tense emotional confrontations and betrayal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extremely explicit sexual references and situations, including adultery, nudity.
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Extremely strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of drinking and smoking, characters get intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie isn't appropriate for any kids under 17. This movie has extremely mature material, with very explicit sexual references and situations, including adultery, nudity, very strong language, drinking (to excess), and smoking. There are tense emotional confrontations that may be upsetting to some viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The direction is exceptionally thoughtful and rich with detail, and the acting is superb. Situated somewhere between John Updike and Knott's Landing, this is a story of suburban angst and adultery, with meaningful glances, inexpressible longing, fumbled groping, and a lot of hangovers. Some will find this all hideously self-involved, while many will find it heart-breakingly poignant and insightful in that Tolstoy-esque "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" category. But for me it all became too in love with itself. Color schemes that made Edith look moonbeamy by keeping her in white and close calls with an onrushing train and children standing too close to the edge of a cliff felt heavy and suffocating instead of rich and transcendent.
Yet it draws a lot of power not just from the intense intelligence behind it at every level but from the mirror quality any ambitious story about marriage offers its audience by the simple virtue of locating itself in the core of human hope and doubt. Forget about sharks and aliens. The characters in this movie may not live here anymore, but this is exactly where the rest of us live and where we fight every day to keep living.
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