Starbuck Sunday, 29 March 2020

Starbuck

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, sexual references, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    533 stories rolled into one.

  • Starring:

    Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie, Marc Bélanger, Igor Ovadis, David Michael, Patrick Martin, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Félix-Antoine Tremblay

  • Directed by:

    Ken Scott

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is shoved, threatened; his head is held under water. A woman throws, smashes her phone. A news story about a mother drowning her two children is mentioned. Shouting. Blood/gore: Animal blood on butcher's apron. Vomiting. CPR.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Masturbation, pornographic magazines, ejaculation (movements and moaning). Slang terms and discussions about masturbation and erections. Prostitution mentioned. Ogling. Kissing (male-male, male-female). Swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Marijuana plants. Heroin overdose (needle protrudes from arm and convulsing). Methadone, rehabilitation, drug-dealing mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, a-words, derogatory name for females, slang and actual terms for bodily functions and male genitalia. Name-calling and humorous mocking (vegetarians, homosexuals, parents, children). Religious references (Jesus statue, picture of Mary) and exclamations. Stereotyping.

  • THEMES:

    Parenting, conception, pregnancy, birth, fatherhood, sperm donation, reproduction, family, responsibility, privacy, debt, good deeds.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Butcher shop setting (hanging racks of meat, jamón, salami, pig heads). Steak, sausages barbecued. Hospital setting (maternity ward, clinic). Courtroom setting. Deceased wife/mother, father mentioned. Marriage proposal. Abortion, post-partum depression mentioned. Goldfish, dog (on television). Campfire. Taxidermy (animal horns on wall). French language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Brilliant premise, warm, funny, charming. Good performances, casting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Plot holes and inconsistencies. A little long and over-cute. Implausible.

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