Blue Jasmine Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Blue Jasmine

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A kind of blue Jasmine (by Miles).

  • Starring:

    Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis CK, Daniel Jenks, Max Rutherford, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alden Ehrenreich, Joy Carlin, Richard Conti

  • Directed by:

    Woody Allen

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Women are manhandled, a woman hits a man. Object thrown/smashed, doors slammed. Arguing, raised voices. Suicide (hanging) discussed. People watch a boxing match on television.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, infidelity. A couple go to a car to have sex, a couple move to the bedroom to have sex, a married man kisses a woman, a man admits to multiple affairs. Sexual conquests, sex addiction, one-night-stand mentioned. Skimpy clothing, nipples showing through blouses, cleavage. Woman in bath, shower (no genitals seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman frequently consumes Xanax. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, spirits, cocktails), intoxication, bar setting. Smoking. Getting high on nitrous oxide mentioned. Prozac, lithium mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women. Affluence, ethnic, mental health, regional, gender, tourist stereotypes. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Anxiety, sisters, fraud, investment, property portfolios, lottery, infidelity, relationships, forgiveness, nervous breakdown, mental imbalance, computers, charity, jealousy, talking to oneself, fashion, interior design, rejection, extramarital affairs, lying, class.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged son, estranged husband. Panic attack, nervous breakdown. Divorce, adoption, child custody, violent ex-husband, deceased wife mentioned. Plane, horses. Fur worn. ADD, epilepsy, running away from home, heart attack, claustrophobia, fear of death mentioned. Reference to electric shock therapy.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Hypnotic, catastrophic, timely, first-class, funny, sharp, lively, nonlinear, intimate. Sharp script, rich characters, superb acting, simple premise, assured tone, agonising performance from Cate Blanchett, terrific supporting cast, fascinating character study, well structured.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Dialogue-heavy, transparent, ill-conceived, under-thought, disinterested, sloppy, misanthropic, sour, depressing. Underdeveloped secondary characters, dull at times, distasteful reference to adoption, lazy flashbacks.

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