Café Society (2016) Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Café Society (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Watch every movie like it's your last.

  • Starring:

    Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Jeannie Berlin

  • Directed by:

    Woody Allen

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, punched, threatened at gunpoint, robbed, roughed up, arrested. Death sentence (electric chair). Objects damaged (sabotage). A man says he will kill himself/die if he loses a woman. A story is heard of a taxi driving through the frontage of a restaurant. Man knocking his mistress's teeth out, threats to beat up neighbour, threats to shoot dog, deliberately denting car, Adolf Hitler, racketeering, extortion, tax evasion, execution mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bodies thrown into pits/covered with cement. Bloody shirt, towel. Scattering ashes.


    A man hires a prostitute. Undressing, kissing. Woman in underwear. Cleavage. Infidelity. Sex with wife/other woman, men leaving wives for younger women, man sleeping with wife's sister, stripper, blowing fortune on showgirls mentioned.


    Alcohol (champagne, cocktails, spirits, beer, wine). Bar, nightclub settings. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (craps). Opium, blowing fortune on racing, muggles, reefers, smoking dope, dope addict mentioned.


    Bullsh*t, bastard. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (oh God, Jesus, what the hell, Christ).


    1930s Hollywood, 1930s New York, manners, nepotism, pretension, socialites, gangsters, infidelity, disillusionment, rejection, brothers, name-dropping, scandal, corruption.


    Dead brother/son. Man cheating on wife. Marriage proposals. Relationship breakups. Wedding, courtroom, bar, club, prison settings. Leaving wife for other woman, husband left wife for best friend, divorce mentioned. Fur coats. Horse. Power blackout. Some Hebrew.


    Bittersweet, easygoing, snazzy, enjoyable, nostalgic, witty, charming, polished, lavish, watchable, elegant. Top-rate/adept ensemble cast, endearing chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, sumptuous/honeyed/lustrous visuals, rich/inspired production design, nimble/formidable/breathtaking/scrumptious cinematography, diosyncratic dialogue, witty costuming, rich/romantic soundtrack, poignant ending; Allen's first use of digital cameras.


    Familiar, uneven, forgettable, frustrating. Some out-of-place/unconvincing elements, feels a little too fabricated/contrived at times.

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