A Long Way Down Saturday, 21 September 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

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

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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