Sunlight Jr. Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sunlight Jr.

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    A little ray.

  • Starring:

    Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, Tess Harper, Adrienne Lovette, Antoni Corone, Gabriel Alexander

  • Directed by:

    Laurie Collyer

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, wrestled, near-choked, slapped. A man makes a shooting gesture with his finger. Objects hit in anger, room trashed, sexual harassment, theft. Door-banging, yelling, raised voices, death threats. Being robbed, getting raped, restraining order, recreational shooting, double homicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood on clothing, bloody nose, bug bites. Bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have bedroom sex, oral sex. Kissing, nipple-sucking, provocative dancing, undressing, bum-slapping. Nude female (rear view), exposed breasts, woman in underwear, shirtless man, girl in bikini. Pornographic magazines. Inappropriate sexual-themed banter.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    OxyContin pills exchanged, drug testing. Alcohol (beer, coquito, spirits, shots). Smoking (incl smoking during pregnancy). Gambling, alcoholism, doing drugs, selling drugs, junkies mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words (frequent), s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, slang for genitals, slang for bodily functions. Derogatory term for disabled people. Religious exclamations. Disability, regional, redneck stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Unplanned pregnancy, love, relationships, exes, disability, stalking, college scholarships, abortion, foster care, naming a baby, electronics repair, hopelessness, shift work, small town milieu, survival, unemployment, sexual harassment, seedy motels, poverty.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Abortion, job loss, eviction, foster family, engagement, alcoholic mother. Deceased mother mentioned. References to miscarriage, abusive parents, ejaculation, abortion. Birds (pelicans, heron), lizards, fishing, fish, dog. Pregnancy test, toilet. Bacon eaten, frying fish. Borderline personality disorder mentioned. Brief Spanish (no subs).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Humanistic, authentic, unblinking, positive, hopeful, soulful, honest, grim, valuable, spirited, bleak, affecting, rare, unflinching. Incandescent performances, minimalist screenplay, naturalistic sex scene, intimate cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Shapeless narrative, characters suffer an excessive number of crises.

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