Captain Fantastic (2016) Monday, 19 August 2019

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Power to the people.

  • Starring:

    Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella

  • Directed by:

    Matt Ross

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide mentioned/discussed (slit wrists). An animal is hunted/stabbed/throat-cut/trussed/skinned. A child falls from a high ledge (loud crack heard as head hits pavement). Weapons training/sparring; kids handling weapons. A boy stabs a wall in anger, a boy slips while rock-climbing and slams wrist (likely broken). Children play a violent video game. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Theft. Genocide, fascists, militants, dictators, child molester, rape mentioned. Blood/gore: Sliced throat (animal), deboning animal. Corpses (human/animal), animal skeletons/bones. Bloody hands, fur, forehead, knife, smear, grazes. A bloodied animal organ is eaten raw. A dead animal is skinned. Head brace, crutches, bandage. Heart attack, X-ray. Bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, violent mood swings, severe depression, CAT scan, fracture mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Full frontal male nudity (adult), rear male nudity (boy), cleavage. A father explains sexual intercourse to his children/gives his young child a copy of The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort. Kissing, flirting. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer). Underage drinking. Smoking. Bar setting/wine aisle in supermarket (bottles of alcohol seen in background). Crack, cocaine, crackheads mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, butt, whores. Name-calling. Terms for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (Jesus Christ, God damn it). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Family, alternative lifestyles, non-conformity, anti-establishment, suicide, death, grief, capitalism, idealism, rock-climbing, real world education, tough love, survival, home schooling, literature, Noam Chomsky, parenting, funerals, exhumation, socialisation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Funeral, cemetery, bar, church, airport settings. Grave exhumation. Deer, sheep, chickens. Waterfall, thunder, lightning. Fur worn, meat killed/cooked/eaten, roast chicken eaten. Nose-picking. Brief Esperanto (no translation/subtitles). Some high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Touching, tender, charming, eccentric, brisk, enthralling, engaging, gripping, thought-provoking, terrific, complex, theme-rich, polished, relatable, fantastic, refreshing. Noteworthy/fine/inspired/sensational/pitch-perfect/impressive/effortless performances, brilliant cast, honest/superb writing and direction, stunning/luminous/gorgeous photography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Frustrating/overlong/mushy/ragged finale.

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