Displaying items by tag: content review Friday, 05 June 2020

Paper Towns

Published in P
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 04:28
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Middle-of-the-road.

  • Starring

    Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono, Josiah Cerio, Hannah Alligood

  • Directed by

    Jake Schreier

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Gun shots. A boy shoves another into locker rows. Window broken to force entry into a derelict building. An animal is almost hit by a car; car spinout. Vandalism, truancy, break-and-entre, lying. Blood/gore: Dead body (suicide; gunshot) found by children. Cut on eyebrow. Urinating blood, kidney infection mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A young couple has sex (off-screen). Kissing, flirting, hugging, hand holding. Nude males (rear view). Shirtless male, girl in bra, revealing clothing, men in underwear. Sex, masturbation discussed. Sexual-themed banter/innuendo. Cheating mentioned. Strip club seen in background.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Teen drinking, binge drinking. Cigar-smoking mentioned. Betting.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Terms for genitals. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations. Confederate flag t-shirt.

  • THEMES

    Teenagers, friends, childish pranks, running away, sneaking out, road trips, growing up, first crushes, the girl next door, bonding, revenge, mystery, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cheating boyfriend. Divorce mentioned. Cow, dead fish. Urination. Based on the novel by John Green.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Moving, melancholy, affecting, likeable, big-hearted, bittersweet, modest. Intriguing tale, flawed/vulnerable characters, charming character moments, funny/unforced rapport among cast, faithful adaptation to the book, offers an interesting perspective on adolescence.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Contrived, familiar, clichés. Pedestrian story, some one-dimensional performances, abrasive score, unexciting selection of songs.

Mr. Holmes

Published in M
Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:13
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch

    The sting of ageing.

  • Starring

    Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour

  • Directed by

    Bill Condon

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide. Soldiers with rifles. References to the Great War. A man falls out of bed. Object thrown, smashed; burning hive. Break-and-entre, forgery. The Blitz, father's plane shot down during war, wasps killing bees mentioned. Poison purchased. Kitchen fire, explosive fire (dream). Blood/gore: Bloody cuts on arm, blood on clothing. Burns/acid scars. Dead insects. A boy pulls a bee sting out of his knee. 7863 bee stings mentioned. A man collapses. Swelling, welts, allergic reaction. Hypodermic needle seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Boy in swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking. Adrenaline, cigar, pipe-smoking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Insensitive remarks. Joke about religion. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Sherlock Holmes, mystery, detectives, ageing, mortality, memoir, suicide, war, miscarriage, grief, allergies, bee-keeping, royal jelly, botany, memory loss, loneliness, estrangement.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hiroshima setting. Dead mothers, father, brother mentioned. Miscarriages. Bees, taxidermy. Palm reading. Witchcraft mentioned. Based on A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intimate, elegiac, character-based, graceful, poignant, pleasing, ruminative, touching, intriguing, delightful. Superb/impeccable/nuanced/wily performance from Ian McKellen, beautifully understated performance from Laura Linney, elegant film-making, gently radical, leisurely storytelling, fine/sharp period detailing, rich locations, seamless editing, pretty/pensive/richly orchestrated score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slow, slight. Shuffling pace, safe script, over-extended flashbacks.

Aloha

Published in A
Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:36
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Ha-why-why?

  • Starring

    Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Bill Camp

  • Directed by

    Cameron Crowe

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Objects smashed/slammed, broken glass. Footage of rockets/rocket ships/satellites exploding/crashing. Images of debris in space (incl an astronaut's glove). Rockets/missiles launced. Man swinging slingshot. Military vehicles/personnel. Being shot, Afghanista, nuclear weapons mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Grafted toe with scar, stitching. Images of military caskets. Decapitated statue. Patient in hospital with bandages, IV drip. Gunshot wounds, broken tibia discussed.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has (implied) sex. Couple in bed together (nude shoulders exposed). Kissing, flirting, handholding. Animal sex. A child asks what 'revenge sex' is. Beachwear, swimwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage, shirtless men. Streaking, conjugal prison visits mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots). Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, b*tch, cr*p, freakin'. Name-calling, teasing, threats. Spiritual/religious references and religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Love triangles, relationships, military life, Hawai'i, cynicism, parentage, Hawaiian mythology, military occupation, government contractors, satellite communications, aerospace, responsibility, forgiveness, discovery, idealism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased friend, divorce, relationship breakups mentioned. Hospital setting. Jets. Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Optimistic, buoyant, likeable, fascinating. Lively/star-studded cast, energetic performance from Emma Stone, charming chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper, some funny/uproarious scenes, has plenty of heart/moments of sparkle, good music selections, topnotch production design/camerawork/art direction, transporting score, affectionate depiction of Hawai'i.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Smug, predictable, repetitive, grating, messy, overstuffed, undernourished, insufficient, frustrating, unbalanced, unwiedly, unintelligible, haphazard, confused, bad. Soggy/amateurish/contrived/artificial script, sketchy/vaguely definied characters, expository dialogue, abrupt exposition, obvious/leading music cues, smooth/unbelievable resolution.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Published in T
Sunday, 07 June 2015 05:32
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Every crisis is an opportunity.

  • Starring

    Russell Brand, Bill de Blasio, Richard Brooks, The Right Honourable Lord Michael Heseltine, Greg Smith, Geraint Anderson, Paul Mason, Richard Murphy, Reece Davis James, John Christensen, Richard Murphy, John Hilary

  • Directed by

    Michael Winterbottom

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Footage of people being tackled, arrested, hit with objects, beaten, knocked down by a horse. Property destruction, smashed glass. Fare dodging. Getting beaten up, kicking a pig, people killing themselves/massacred mentioned. Money laundering discussed. Images of war, Napoleon, French Revolution, Hitler, World War II, burning vehicles/buildings, looting, rioting, the Great Depression. Film footage of objects knocked over, man shot, smoke/gas canisters fired. Blood/gore: Coffin. Blood on shirt, blood spatter.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Swimwear, cleavage. Obscure sexual reference.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer). Smoking. Gambling (poker), betting shops seen, gambling, drug addiction mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bloody. Terms for genitals. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Inequality, free market fundamentalism, quantitative easing, greed, capitalism, the Lehman Brothers collapse, money troubles, banking, protest, debt, privatisation, taxation, division of wealth, billionaires, hedge funds, activism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Horses, chicken, dogs. Fur worn. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Scathing, well-intentioned, concise, comprehensive, entertaining, provocative, effective, pathos-heavy, witty, fervent, nimble, funny, thought-provoking, timely, anger-inducing, unsubtle, persuasive, demystifying. Carefully selected archival footage.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    One-sided, overwhelming, overlong, repetitive, naive, frustrating, preachy, narcissistic, manipulative, self-aggrandising. Fails to draw any real conclusions/solutions, feels hypocritical, many (largely) unsupported facts.

San Andreas

Published in S
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:27
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Disaster themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A smashing movie.

  • Starring

    Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Vanessa Ross, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Art Parkinson

  • Directed by

    Brad Peyton

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are crushed/near-crushed, drowned (implied), near-drowned, trapped, thrown through the air, burned, thrown to the ground, thrown to their death (implied), held at gunpoint, punched, thrown overboard, swept away. You name it, it gets wrecked: vehicles, aircraft, buildings, boats, ships, bridges, dam, windscreen, windows, streets, businesses, famous city, major landmarks. Earthquakes, tremors, aftershocks, rockfalls, tsunami. A car is thrown over a cliff edge/dangles precariously. Vehicle collisions, speeding, dangerous driving, theft, looting, helicopter engine failure/crash, plane crashes (implied). Explosions, fireballs, burning buildings/city streets, gunfire. Yelling, screaming, arguing, mass panic. Footage/images of wreckage from earthquakes in Alaska (1964) and Valdivia, flooding. Tours in Afghanistan, getting shot at, Hiroshima mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody cuts, grazes, gash, faces, ear, neck, torsos, arms; bloody nose, lips, mouth, wound. Bleeding head/ear. Objects through skin. CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, people on stretchers/crutches, walking wounded. Lots of people assumed dead.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Teen in bikini, cleavage, tight-fitting clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (cocktails). Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Earthquakes, San Andreas Fault, seismology, search and rescue, family, father-daughter relationships, brothers, death of a child, grief, news reporting, live television broadcast, tremors, aftershocks.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead daughter (drowning), divorce mentioned. Helicopters, planes, parachuting, birds, tank fish. High/sweeping aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Loud, effects-filled, well-executed, bright, bloodless, campy, cheesy, mindless. Terrific cast, spectacular special effects, physicall intense scenes, great/well-rendered computer-generated detail, solid underlying geological principals, huge (implied) body count, occasional twinkle of humour, decent set-pieces, plenty of OMG to look at, blissfully stupid B-movie thrills.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, predictable, clunky, boneheaded. Weak females/characterisation/plotting/dialogue, scale of destruction is disproportionate to depicted destruction, stretches belief, ignores body count/devastational impact, lacks tension, disaster footage gets less effective as it goes more over-the-top.

Woman in Gold

Published in W
Sunday, 17 May 2015 10:33
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Does the story justice.

  • Starring

    Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Frances Fisher, Moritz Bleibtreu

  • Directed by

    Simon Curtis

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are manhandled, pursued, belittled, intimidated, kicked, tackled, shot at. Anti-Semitism, Nazism, swastikas, armed soldiers. Homes are ransacked. Persecution, murder, destroyed family, killed friends, Hitler, death camps, Holocaust, looting, great grandparents murdered, Treblinka mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody cut above eye. Meningitis mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Cleavage. People in clingy nightwear, exercise clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Pharmaceutical drugs on shelves/bedside table, cough drops. Alcohol (spirits, champagne, beer). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word. Name-calling (including 'pigs'). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Woman in Gold/Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt, Maria Altmann, Randol Schoenberg, art restitution, high-profile lawsuits, anti-Semitism, justice, society, people smuggling, escape, family, pregnancy, labour, custody, national treasures, Belvedere Palace, World War II, Nazis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead sister, dead uncle, dead aunty/wife, dead husband, dead father mentioned. Cemetery, funeral, wedding, courtroom, airport settings. Spitting. Pigeons, plane. Fur worn. Some German language (subtitles). Some high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fascinating, important, enjoyable, engaging, classy, intelligent, enthralling, heart-tugging, emotional, well-meaning, feel-good, moving, stirring, absorbing. Brilliant/towering performance by Helen Mirren, beautifully photographed, impressively staged, gently humorous, some sharp dialogue, nice cameos, potent material, extraordinary story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Conventional, familiar, schmaltzy, workman-like, clunky, superficial, banal, simplistic, ordinary, pedestrian. Shamelessly sentimental, Ryan Reynolds in miscast/uneven, biopic oversights, ungainly structured flashbacks, schematic writing, insipid style, on-the-nose dialogue.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Published in M
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 23:26
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and post-apocalyptic themes.

  • The pitch

    Rock and rollover.

  • Starring

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter, Angus Sampson

  • Directed by

    George Miller

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pursued, stomped, punched, bound, gagged, kicked, dragged, caged, hung upside-down, run over (child/implied), branded, prodded, milked, shot, stabbed, bled, harpooned, thrown through the air, sandblasted, throat-grabbed, tackled, bitten, elbowed, near-choked, held at knife-point, crushed, run over, lassoed, chainsawed, throat-slit, face-grabbed, headbutted. People fall/dangle from high cliffs/moving vehicles. Explosions. Vehicle collisions, rollovers, flips. Vehicles rammed, sliced, set alight, smashed. Animals squished/eaten. Grenades thrown, land mines. Screaming. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Blood transfusions, caesarian birth (implied), lung puncture (implied), oxygen mask, catheter of blood. Ripped face, ransacked body, slit throat, crushed hand, collapsed lung, scars, bubbled skin, objects protruding from skin, metal stitches/staples. Bloody eyes, noses, head, back, mouth, faces, hands, feet, wounds, objects, cuts, grazes; blood spatter. Bruising, bandage. Skulls, red eyes, missing limbs.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude female (genitals obscured). Skimpy clothing. Outline of breast/nipples beneath clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Mouths are sprayed with a silver fluid.

  • LANGUAGE

    Possible f-word, bollocks. Name-calling. Derogatory term for homosexuals. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Mad Max, humanity, post-apocalypse, survival, water, escape, hope, redemption, nightmares, flashbacks, polygamy, pregnancy, labour, birth, death of a child, stillbirth, blindness, deformities, Valhalla, family squabbles.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Birth scene, stillbirth. Stolen children mentioned. Lizard, crows, buzzing flies. Tattooing, flares, lightning, dust storm, twisters, avalanche. Soles of feet. Spitting. Brief subtitles in unidentified language. High/sweeping aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Beautiful, intense, breathless, progressive, brainy, breakneck, startling, Krakatoan, personal, individual, remarkable, ingenious, brilliant, non-stop, packed, mad, disciplined, astonishing, ferocious, unfettered, expert, focused, feminist, visionary, relentless, thrilling, kinetic, physical. Exhilarating action, dazzling/outrageous/acrobatic fight choreography, superb stunts, elaborate car sequences, unforgettable/dynamic/enveloping visuals, seamless effects, spare dialogue, complete/self-contained story, elaborately grotesque production design, outlandish/precise costumes, pummeling score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Frenetic sameness may feel monotonous for some. (It gets bogged down in the middle.)

Unfriended

Published in U
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 01:53
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence, and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Choose your friends.

  • Starring

    Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Will Peltz, Renee Olstead, Jacob Wysocki, Mickey River, Cal Barnes

  • Directed by

    Levan Gabriadze

  • Running time

    83 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People commit suicide (gunshot), flirt with a knife. People are raped (implied), shot, threatened, stalked, maimed, knifed. Online bullying/trolling. Killing yourself, crashing car while drunk, forced abortion, incest/molestation (by uncle) mentioned. Screaming, shouting. Blood/gore: Hanging corpse, body on floor, hand in blender, object in eye. Blood spatter, bloody/faeces-soaked clothing. Images of (implied) raped teen, girl with object rammed down throat. Seizures mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Rape suggested. Couples have sex, cybersex. Kissing, flirting, caressing, undressing. Penis (webcam), breasts (no nipples), shirtless male, people in underwear/skimpy clothing. Lewd/offensive comments/suggestions. Reference to incest/molestation. Sex at prom discussed, threesome jokes, infidelity mentioned. Advertisement for pornography.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking marijuana, bong. Underage drinking (beer, spirits), intoxication. Roofies, selling marijuana mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Frequent f-words, c-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Sexually aggessive/explicit language. Name-calling, misogyny. Derogatory terms for women, homosexuals, African Americans. Slang for genitalia. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Teen suicide, rape, abortion, drugs, cyberbulling, stalking, surveillance, friends, computer hacking, lies/lying, death, social media, viral videos, shame, infidelity, murder, revenge, found footage, technology, video chat.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Abortion, demoic possession, eating disorder mentioned. Urination. Lots of text on screen. Alternative title is Cybernatural.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Relevant, contemporary, provocative, staggering, uncomfortable, effective, committed, satirical, fun, believable, unnerving, funny, diverting, energetic. High-concept premise, solid cast, thoughtful framing device, natural presentation, has some ingenuity/wit.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Gimmicky, familiar, absurd. Clunky dialogue, goofy animation, screechy/overwrought conclusion.

Samba

Published in S
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:27
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Say yes to excess.

  • Starring

    Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin, Isaka Sawadogo, Hélène Vincent, Youngar Fall, Christiane Millet, Jacqueline Jehanneuf

  • Directed by

    Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shoved, arrested, headbutted, kicked, thrown to the ground, punched, pursued, drowned (implied), bitten. Fist-fighting. Fake IDs. Yelling, arguing. Civil war, Islamists killed two friends, shattering phone on head, tearing out hair mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, heads, cuts, tissue. Wound-cleaning. Construction accident, body found in canal mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples in bed togther (sex implied). Kissing, ogling, flirting, undressing, caressing. Shirtless man, sleepwear, woman in underwear. References to sexual activity/addiction.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Prescription sleeping pills consumed. Alcohol (champagne, wine, shots). Smoking. Imovane, Lysanxia, Lexomil mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-word, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, cultural stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Residency, visas, illegal immigrants, detention centres, aid workers, unlikely relationships, job centres, massage, burnout, recovery, acrophobia, manual labour, desperation, survival, identity, menial work, refugees, social work.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding, airport, courtroom settings. Plane, horses, very high aerial cinematography. French language (subtitles), several brief foreign languages and translations. Based on the novel, Samba pour la France by Delphine Coulin.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rich, engaging, vibrant, charming, thoughtful, thought-provoking, fun, solid, warm, humorous, crowd-pleasing, affecting. Subtle humour, lighthearted tone, suprising/satisfying/powerful ending, sincere cast, energetic/lively characters, scene-stealing performance from Tahar Rahim.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, familiar. A little melodramatic, ending feels rushed, some clunky exposition.

That Sugar Film

Published in T
Saturday, 07 March 2015 04:35
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, coarse language and naturalistic nudity.

  • The pitch

    Okay Mrs Right, no more chocolate.

  • Starring

    Damon Gameau, Stephen Fry, Isabel Lucas, Jessica Marais, Brenton Thwaites, Hugh Jackman, John Yudkin, David Gillespie, Sharon Johnston, Dr Debbie Herbst, Michael Moss, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith

  • Directed by

    Damon Gameau

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Dental procedures (examination, cleaning, injection). Medical procedures (FMRI, blood extraction/vials of blood), body scan images, medical scan equipment. Grubs eaten. Animal carcass (kangaroo). Rotten teeth. Bloody teeth/gums. Amputated limbs mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full-frontal male and female nudity (culturally appropriate). People in underwear. Bare bellies, cleavage. Woman in bikini. Making love to an object, sex mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Cocaine, dopamine, opioids, beta-endorphins, nicotine mentioned. Smoking (photo), tobacco advertising.

  • LANGUAGE

    Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Sugar, diet, low-fat foods, hidden ingredients, fructose, lactose, glucose, sucrose, dental hygiene, healthy eating, consumerism, sand-drawing, visceral fat, nutrition, Mai Wiru, bliss point, miracle berries, motivation, addiction, calorie counting, cravings, obesity, Damon Gameau, parenting, pregnancy, documentary.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Images of Aboriginal persons who may be deceased. Cemetery setting. Sound of helicopter rotors. Heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, gout, hypertension, metabolic disease, dialysis, cirrhosis mentioned. Cooking sausage, bacon, grubs, kangaroo. Images of cow, bee, chicken, toilet, full moon. Plane, dogs, buzzing insects, camels, rat, horses. Vomiting. Brief Aboriginal language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Playful, palatable, upbeat, digestible, engaging, illuminating, entertaining, educational, information-packed, fascinating, effective. Playful visual style, composed with enthusiasm and flair, catchy closing number.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    One-sided, ingratiating. Resorts to child-like reinforcement tactics, annoying/pointless closing number, some skewed facts.