Money Monster Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Money Monster

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, mature themes, violence and sex.

  • The pitch:

    Ker-ching.

  • Starring:

    George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Dennis Boutsikaris, Emily Meade, Condola Rashad

  • Directed by:

    Jodie Foster

  • Running time:

    98 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, held at gunpoint, forced to wear a vest armed with explosives, pistol-whipped, kneed, tackled, thrown against objects, wrestled, punched. References to suicide (gunshot, hanging). People play a violent video game (weapons, explosions). Objects thrown, shot. Footage of rioting mob (spears, tear gas, shouting). Boxing sparring (theatrical). Vision from black-and-white horror movies show a woman screaming, a Frankenstein monster being beamed with electric current, a boxer being punched, a man being kicked by an animal. Colour video vision of Chucky doll. Yelling, arguing, mass panic. Semtex mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody bullet wound, bloody clothing, blood smear on ground. X-ray image of kidney area seen. Heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has sex in a utility room (trousers are around legs). A nude couple is seen in the shower (background). A man makes a masturbation gesture near his crotch. Kissing, dressing. Skimpy costumes, shirtless man, cleavage. A man likens lines on a graph to breast shape. The Janet Jackson (pixellated) exposed-breast incident is shown. References to sexual behaviour, libido, erectile dysfunction, escort services. Brothel setting (assumed). Extra-marital affair mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (smoking bong, snorting from mirror, inhaling helium). Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails). Bar setting. Gambling (video footage of roulette wheel, slot machines). Packet of cigarettes seen.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang and actual terms for genitals. Religous references and exclamations. Obscene hand gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Financial news, television celebrities/hosts, news gathering, hostage crises, bankruptcy, desperation, fraud, police operations, communications, evacuation, computer hacking, quants, betrayal, financial loss, live television, tragedy, the little guy, share trading, stock tips, corporate greed, inequality, computer algorithms.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Relationship breakup, job loss (threatened). Estranged child, ex-marriages, divorce, recently deceased mother mentioned. Plane, helicopter. Stuffed parrot. Video footage of cat and donkey. Urination, toilets.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Taut, lightweight, real-time, well-crafted, watchable, competent, raucous, amiable. On-point performances, scene-stealing performance by Emily Meade, obtuse humour, tense/suspenseful early scenes, elegant camerawork, streamlined direction, deft/rapid-fire editing, captures the controlled chaos of live studio.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Odd, toothless, flat, forgettable, off-balance, low-stakes, unoriginal, screwball, unconvincing, silly, ordinary, perfunctory. Straightforward plot, familiar ideas, cheap plot patch-ups, preposterous/incredulous third act, loses pace, lacks satire/wit.

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