Irrational Man Monday, 30 March 2020

Irrational Man

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and a sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    No, you Kant.

  • Starring:

    Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley

  • Directed by:

    Woody Allen

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are poisoned, manhandled, wrestled, stalked. A man falls down an elevator shaft (fatal). Russian Roulette played. Break-and-enter. Hypotheticals mention killing people; murder discussed. Mentions of reporter killed in Iraq, friend dying in explosion, friend stepping on landmine in Iraq, mother committing suicide, Hurricane Katrina. References to suicide, drowning. Cancer, heart attack mentioned. Blood/gore: Drawing of decapitated man.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sex scene (from shoulders up). Implied sex and attempted sex (scenes of man and woman in bed together, shoulders bare). Kissing, hugging, flirting. References to professor's past affairs with students, discussion of past relationships (many women and one night stands). References to orgasms, masturbation, infidelity. Male impotence discussed. Skimpy clothing, underwear seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails). Drinking from hip flask while driving. Looking wasted, drug use, Viagra mentioned. Prescription pill consumed.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words. Religious exclamations. Sexual innuendo.

  • THEMES:

    Inappropriate relationships (professor-student), philosophy, murder, situational ethics, infidelity, unhappy marriages, academia, morality, nihilism, ennui, existentialism, gossip, scandal, alcoholism, writer's block, impotency.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead friends, dead mother, divorce, custody battle mentioned. Relationship breakup, anxiety attack. Horses.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Slinky, jazz-infused, vigorous, engaging, youthful, energetic, fresh, breezy, modest, intellectual, offbeat, weird, amiable. Sparky chemistry between Stone and Phoenix, shrewd supporting cast, witty dialogue, darkly humourous, textured cinematography, fluid editing, invigorating soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Forgettable, underpowered, unrealised. Under-realised female characters, unconvincing romance, sagging middle act, meandering/familiar plot, sloppy direction/writing, lazy/improbably plot twists, redundant/charmless voice-overs.

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