The Founder (2016) Tuesday, 07 April 2020

The Founder (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A Ray of Golden Arches.

  • Starring:

    Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak, Linda Cardellini

  • Directed by:

    John Lee Hancock

  • Running time:

    115 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    (None.) A man slams his hands on the trunk of a car/a desk. Arguing, yelling. A man says if he saw his competitor drowning he would put a hose in his mouth. Blood/gore: (None). A man collapses. Man in hospital bed with IV drips. Diabetes mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple kissing in car. Married couple in bed together (no sex/nudity). People in underwear. Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, cocktails, hip flask). Smoking. Gambling (bingo).

  • LANGUAGE:

    One f-word, one a-word, sonsofb*tches, heck. Name-calling (hoodlums, juvenile delinquents, hick, beatnik, hothead, leech, etc.) Religious references and exclamations (damn, goddamn, what the hell, yokels, etc).

  • THEMES:

    McDonald's, Ray Kroc, franchises, travelling salesmen, business, intellectual property, risk, opportunity, persistence, ruthlessness, contracts, success, legends, history, fast food, 1950s USA, brothers, progress, standards, family, ego.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Divorce mentioned. Plane, hospital settings. Urinals, toilet, urination. Based on a true story. Archival audio over end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Frank, finger-pointing, queasy, sublime. Smart acting, riveting/repulsive/powerhouse/drilling performance by Michael Keaton, deft/mischievous score, all-encompassing attention to period detail.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Wishy-washy, bland, unchallenging. Somewhat slow start, never gets as biting/satirical as it could.

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