A Long Way Down Sunday, 05 April 2020

A Long Way Down

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Falls flat.

  • Starring:

    Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Joe Cole, Rosamund Pike

  • Directed by:

    Pascal Chaumeil

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

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


    Suicide frequently discussed (pills, jumping). People are wrestled, near-hit by a car, punched, pushed. Object hits car. Blood/gore: Heart attack, CPR. Bruising.


    A couple has bedroom sex (implied). Kissing, undressing. Underage sex (statutory rape) mentioned. Nude female (rear view). Near-nude mannequin. Skimpy clothing, cleavage, women in underwear, swimwear. A woman flashes her bra at a motorist. Shirtless men, man in shower.


    Taking pills, overdose mentioned. Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, cocktails). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Club setting.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Obscene finger gesture.


    Suicide, pacts, infamy, New Year's Eve, breakfast television, overdose, unlikely friendships, stalking, politicians, disability, tabloid news, journalists, humiliation, Matt Damon.


    Disappearance of sister/daughter, prison sentence, divorce, cancer, paedophilia mentioned. Club, hospital settings. Fireworks, tank fish. Strobe lighting (nightclub scene). Based on the novel by Nick Hornby.


    Funny, bittersweet, genial, lightweight, amiable, undemanding. Neat structure, lovely dialogue, talented cast, hilarious appearance by Rosamund Pike, affecting performance by Toni Collette.


    Disappointing, twee, glib, manipulative, depressing, implausible, drippy, absurd, tacky, contrived. Underdeveloped characters, trivialises despair, soppy score, strained humour.

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