Hail, Caesar! Thursday, 09 July 2020

Hail, Caesar!

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Earns a mirthless chuckle.

  • Starring:

    Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh, Alison Pill, Max Baker

  • Directed by:

    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG (USA)


    People are kidnapped, slapped, whipped (theatrical), shot (theatrical), drugged, hit with objects, near-choked, pushed. Photo of atomic bomb blast. Objects smashed. Raised voices, yelling. Film scenes show actors cast as slaves, crucified men. Crucifixion, Bikini Atoll, H-bomb, prison time, hitting that pedestrian [with a car] mentioned. Blood/gore: Statue of crucified man with slashed side and bleeding wounds. Scar.


    Bum slapping. Skimpy costumes, swimwear, shirtless men, cleavage. References to homosexuality. Statue of bare legs with fig leaf covering genital area. Womanising, sodomy mentioned.


    A man drinks a spiked beverage. Cocktails, spirits. Intoxication, narcotic use mentioned. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe). Actors in movie scenes hold goblets/glasses/bottles of wine, champagne, beer. Bar setting.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    1950s Hollywood, filmmaking, communism, confession, directing, scandal, drink spiking, science, philosophy, capitalism, writers, paranoia, dialectic, columnists, study groups.


    Ex-husbands mentioned. Bar setting. Horses, whale (prop), dog, tank fish, camel, goats. Submarine. Full moon, lightning, thunder.


    Lighthearted, witty, flashy, deadpan, absurdist, bright, goofy, versatile, playful, silly, droll, ruminative, eccentric, strange, singular, entertaining, knowing, rare, star-studded, styish, manic, engrossing, fun. Hilarious performances by Alden Ehrenreich and Channing Tatum, luxurious period detail, loving cinematography, memorable song-and-dance sequences.


    Uneven, self-indulgent, flat-footed, over-reaching. Slack pacing, dull/grating stretches, many missed opportunities.

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