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Ted 2

Published in T
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:32
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong drug use, crude humour, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Ted, also.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton

  • Directed by

    Seth MacFarlane

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, hit, slapped, wrestled, tackled, thrown against walls, kicked, hit with objects, thrown from a balcony, hit with objects, tied up, elbowed, shoved, crushed, near-stabbed. Rifle shot. Brawling. Dangerous driving, vehicle collisions/damage. Objects knocked over, smashed; broken glass. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Cutting someone, 9-11, Germanwings crash mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody nose/face. Bruising. Patient in hospital bed, flatlining.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Lots of sperm. Exposed breasts, video of animals mating. Kissing, crotch-grabbing. Skimpy clothing/dancewear, girl in bikini (advertisement), cleavage, bum crack. References to sex, masturbation, porn, fetishism, prostitution, incest. Phallic object.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking/eating marijuana (joints, bongs); field of marijuana plants. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne); bar setting. Snorting powder/lines, doing drugs, excessive drug use, drug convictions, getting stoned, epinephrine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, p*ss. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, African Americans, homosexuals. Slang terms for genitals. Gender/marriage stereotypes. Jokes about race, culture, gender, sexuality, slavery, disability. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Marriage, civil rights, drugs, best friends, sperm donation, conception, adoption, starting a family, practical jokes, comedy improv, Comic-Con, road trips, lawsuits, legal representation, bearknapping, bromance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased friend, job loss, marriage annulment. Wedding, church, courtroom settings. Divorce, cancer mentioned. Deer, raccoon, porcupine, squirrel, rabbit, fox, fish, monkey, penguin, lobster. Full moon. Gagging. Steak bones on plate. Mid-credits scene. Dizzing aerial/handheld cinematography (brief).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Puerile, likable, funny, crass. Unapologetically idiotic, anarchic/vulgar/unexpected/sharp humour, extravagant opening number, beautiful original ballad by Amanda Seyfried, infectious chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane, seamless motion-capture vfx for Ted, some great cameos.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Ungainly, overstuffed, bumpy, imperfect, overlong, one-note, stupid, familiar. Tiresome courtroom melodramatics, some flat/unfunny/stale/repackaged jokes/scenes, ambling storyline, penchant for casual cruelty, Ted isn't particularly likable.

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

Published in F
Monday, 22 June 2015 09:22
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Unlikely love is Oak-ay.

  • Starring

    Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Bradley Hall, Hilton McRae, Jessica Barden

  • Directed by

    Thomas Vinterberg

  • Running time

    119 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, grabbed, drowned (assumed), jailed. Bare-knuckle street fighting. Animals are shot (mostly implied). Animals fall from a high cliff ledge. Screaming, shouting, arguing. Object punched in anger. Armed soldiers. Burning village. Blood/gore: Corpses (human/baby/animal), blood spatter, bloody nose/face/clothing. An animal's side is punctured (medical). Coffin.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has bedroom sex. Couple between sheets (nudity implied). Kissing, crotch-grabbing. Shirtless men.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (ale, tankards, wine, spirits). Smoking (cigars, pipes). Gambling mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Gender stereotypes. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Love, labour, independence, class, gender, farming, marriage, suitors, rejection, inheritance, reversal of fortune, being left at the altar, jilted love, crimes of passion, death of a child, propiety, persistence, harvest, shepherding.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss. Church setting, cemetery. Deceased parents, uncle mentioned. Marriage proposal/rejection. Horses, dogs, goats, sheep, cows, geese, chickens, pheasants, toad, pigeons, snail. Rainbow, lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stately, earthy, full-blooded, lived-in, brutish, realistic, attractive, appealling, involving, well-acted, uncontroversial, classy, faithful, solid, concise, calm, stately, respectable, heartfelt. Solid cast, proud/pained performance by Michael Sheen, vibrant sense of time and place, impeccable period costuming, robust/lustrous production design, transporting cinematography, muddied/weathered sets, sparing score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Flawed. Underwritten male characters, Schoenaerts struggles with a West County accent, bland direction, subtextually thin, brisk ending, hackneyed lens flare.

Minions

Published in M
Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:32
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch

    Minion Overkill.

  • Starring

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin

  • Directed by

    Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

  • Running time

    91 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are slapped, eaten, evaporated, cannon-blasted, head-sucked, hit with objects, tripped, hit by car, chased, paintballed, punched, nose-plucked, wedgied, thrown, walked over, swung, karate-kicked, hypnotised, frozen, pile-driven, locked in a dungeon, noosed, tortured (comic), tongue-pulled, crushed, gagged, bound, enlarged, spat out, attacked. Creatures/characters fall off high ledges. Armed, bank holdup/theft, stolen goods. Explosions, grenades, broken glass, nuclear green stuff. Multi-car crashes. Napoleonic soldiers at war. Snowball fights. Roaring, yelling. War, leaking radiation, "I hate you", killing mentioned. Blood/gore: Coffin, Grim Reaper character. Dead characters (comic).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Near-nude/shirtless characters, swimwear, characters in underwear. Bum-squeezing/slapping. "Make love not war" mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Cocktails, beer.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Cultural stereotypes. Religous reference.

  • THEMES

    Minions, history, adventure, quests, identity, depression, evil, betrayal, evolution, the crown jewels, royalty, prequels.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend (implied). Funeral, pub settings. Clown, octopus, fish, jellyfish, undersea creatures, dinosaurs, chimps, bear, bird, vampire, yetis, dogs, cat, polar bear, pigs, wolf, horses, pigeons, seagull, kangaroos, bee, rat. Plane/aircraft, waterfalls, rainbow, volcanos, lava, thunder, lightning. Fishing, hitchhiking. Fart, licking, raspberry-blowing, urination (implied), drool. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Demented, crazy, spirited, simplistic, fun, energetic, innocent, busy, witty, entertaining, noisy, imaginative, silly, smart, hilarious, farty, burpy. Madcap/simple/irrelevant plotting, tightly compressed/laugh-a-minute prologue, hectic pace, offbeat humour, wild action sequences, fun sight gags, effective 3D, visually interesting, vintage tunes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lacks tenderness/heart, confused story, Scarlet Overkill isn't evil enough.

Aloha

Published in A
Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:36
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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.

Love & Mercy

Published in L
Sunday, 07 June 2015 21:13
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just like Brian Wilson did.

  • Starring

    Brian Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going, Dee Wallace, Brett Davern, Erin Darke, Jonathan Slavin

  • Directed by

    Bill Pohlad

  • Running time

    121 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A boy is slapped, a man is almost hit by a car. Object whacked. Domestic violence (father taking belt to child/causing deafness; spankings, beatings), suicide mentioned. A man says, "I am going to kill you". Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has sex in the shower (implied). Man in underwear. Couple beneath sheets (nudity implied). Half-nude woman (rear view). Kissing. Swimwear, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Lots of prescription pills taken/seen, drugs (LSD). Smoking (joint, cigarettes, pipes). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Drugging, junkies, penicillin, cocaine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, p*ss. Slang for breasts. Derogatory term for women. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Brian Wilson, music, genius, creativity, experimentation, father-son relationships, over-medication, music recording, paranoid schizophrenia, dating, manipulation, therapy, domineering fathers, grief, marriage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased brother (drowning), estranged mother, ex-wife mentioned. Plane, dogs, panic attack. Chicken eaten. Mid-credits scene. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Beautiful, unusual, moving, thrilling, memorable, vibrant, engrossing, canny, satisfying. Expert performances, simple/effective/split/non-traditional structure, sharp photography, superb/ace editing, complex audio design, haunting/supportive/spare score, unfussy direction, human/happy/thrilling ending, emotionally exhilarating/involving, dark at times, undercurrent of sadness.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some too-obvious metaphors, some crucial parts of Wilson's life are underplayed or ignored, Paul Giamatti's performance is slightly overcooked.

Inside Out

Published in I
Sunday, 07 June 2015 09:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    Joy with a touch of Sadness.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Flea, Frank Oz, John Ratzenberger, Richard Kind

  • Directed by

    Pete Docter

  • Running time

    102 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are set on fire, thrown through the air/against objects, hit with objects, punched, dragged, nose-pulled, pursued, deconstructed/broken apart. Characters fall from great heights, crash to the ground/into objects, dangle precariously, crack a knee. Theft, property damage, buildings collapse, objects kicked/knocked over/thrown, broken window. Train crash. A child throws tantrums. Screaming, arguing, yelling. Dog died, strangling someone mentioned. Blood/gore: Teeth falling out. Dead mouse/rat. Teddies with heads ripped off. Dog cut in half (dream sequence). A character begins to fade away--missing body parts.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude toddler (adorable rear view). Shirtless character. Puberty mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    What the heck. Name-calling. "Curse words" mentioned, bleeped curse word. Gender stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Joy, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, empathy, moving house, parenting, childhood, memories, hockey, dreams, nightmares, first day of school, imaginary friends, abstract thoughts, imagination, subconcious, running away from home, honesty, sacrifice, emotions, family, parent-child relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Fireworks, rainbows. Dogs, cats, mouse, rat, elephant-cat-dolphin creature, scary clown. Dragon (picture), unicorn, haunted house, ghost. Fainting, hyperventilating. Some fast/flash vision. Mid-credits sequence.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Original, stunning, vivid, relatable, entertaining, delightful, creative, wonderful, fantastic, humane, poignant, joyful, inspired, funny, coherent, moving, remarkable, ingenious, adventurous, captivating, breezy, smart, weird, clever, cerebral, buoyant, inventive. Ambitious/out-there/audacious/vertiginous concept, vivid colours, brilliant vocal casting, sweet/goofy comedy, smart/witty/loopy/sharp humour, elegant/iconic visual metaphor, eye-popping/lovely animation, staggering detail, heartening score, heart-wrenchingly beautiful, brilliant end credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Small children may find some high-concept material confusing/complicated.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Published in T
Sunday, 07 June 2015 05:32
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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.

Shaun The Sheep Movie

Published in S
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 01:04
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Some scary scenes.

  • The pitch

    The good dogter and the baa baa shop quartet.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber, Kate Harbour, Tim Hands, Andy Nyman, Simon Greenall, Emma Tate, Jack Paulson, Sean Connolly

  • Directed by

    Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

  • Running time

    85 minutes

  • Rated

    G (Australia), U (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit with objects, near-hit by train, thrown through a window, bitten, near-drowned, captured, impounded, pushed, tripped, jailed, dropped, thrown through the air, electrocuted. Characters hit their heads. A spider eats a fly. Slingshot. Property destruction. Fried/singed teddy bear. Blood/gore: Bandage. Ambulance, patient in hospital bed, operating room. Skeleton, skull.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Bum crack showing. Man in towel. Animals in underwear. Exposed belly. Flirting, kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Cocktails, champagne. Beer and wine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    None.

  • THEMES

    Amnesia, rescue, farm life, daily routine, unlikely friendships, animal catchers, cranky old men, celebrity, animal adoption, social media, homelessness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Sheep, dog, spider, spider's web, pigs, chicken, fly, duck, goat, birds, cow, cockroach, bull, cat, turtle, goldfish, lobsters, fish, prawn, horse, chameleon, butterflies. Hanging meats (butcher shop), full moon. Fart, burping, raspberry blowing, bum scratching, man on toilet. Urination reference.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intricate, charming, universal, big-hearted, genial, gleeful, generous, inclusive, fast-moving, inspiring, off-kilter, sweet-natured, irresistible, clever, dialogue-free, droll, quality, sheepshape. Seamless/beautifully rendered stop-motion animation, non-language specific, dashes of silly satire, delightful set and character design, small-town/quaint/old-fashioned feel, well-choreographed chaos, richly detailed, amusing shop-sign puns.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A bit woolly, jarring soundtrack choices.

Unfinished Business

Published in U
Saturday, 07 March 2015 02:07
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong nudity, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Swarful.

  • Starring

    Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost, James Marsden

  • Directed by

    Ken Scott

  • Running time

    91 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (dart, paint pellets/rubber bullets), bullied, hit with objects, teased, punched, shoved, slapped, tear-gassed. Riot police, protest. Son arrested shoplifting (mentioned). Man collapses. Vehicle rollover. Smashed objects. Blood/gore: Object protruding from chest. Bloody wound. Artificial arm.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex. Kissing, bum-slapping, bum-pinching, undressing. Full nudity (male and female), male genitals, breasts, erection, bums. Shirtless men, skimpy clothing, people in bondage gear/leather, girls in underwear. Infidelity, prostitute. References to masturbation, bestiality, ejaculation.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People take drugs (pills), smoke a bong. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne, shots). Inebriation, drug-induced behaviour. Bar, club settings. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Cultural, gender, sexuality stereotypes and jokes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Business trips, sales, discrimination, handshake deals, bullying, family, unhappy marriages, art installations, Berlin, drinking games, glory holes, Berlin marathon, G8 summit, debauchery, Oktoberfest.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Divorce mentioned. Plane, deer, horses, cows, dogs. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Not entirely laugh-free. Standout/scene-stealing performance by Nick Frost.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lazy, low-risk, low-reward, limp, lifeless, missable, flat, faux-raunchy, dull, awkward, misbegotten, dire, exhausting, slow-paced, incongruous. Clumsy/leaden gags, uneven tone, jumbled ideas, underused cast, clumsy/uninspired direction, witless writing, offensive characterisation, half-hearted set pieces, awful jokes are repeated.

Inherent Vice

Published in I
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, frequent drug use and nudity.

  • The pitch

    What's up doc?

  • Starring

    Joaquin Phoenix, Joanna Newsom, Katherine Waterston, Jordan Christian Hearn, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Serena Scott Thomas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse

  • Directed by

    Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Running time

    148 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, hit with objects, held at gunpoint, wrestled, stomped, kneed, elbowed, slapped, bound, bashed. Objects thrown, kicked in. Swastikas seen. Nazi, cult, Charles Manson, murder, kidnapping, money laundering, contract killing, homicide, planting evidence, paedophile, forced into sexual practices mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bloody mouth/face/hand. Pooled blood. Cauliflower ear. Dental imagery, patients in dental surgery seen. Puncture wounds on throat mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People have sex (couch, office). Oral sex (female-female). Kissing (male-female; female-female), finger-sucking, undressing, nipple-caressing, thigh-rubbing, bum-slapping. Skimpy clothing, swimwear. Fully nude femaile (full frontal), nude artworks/images (female), shirtless men, exposed breasts. Sexual hand gestures. Infidelity, threesomes, hard-on, sexual diseases, forced into sexual practices mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People smoke joints, snort white powder, inhale happy gas. Drug paraphernalia, packages of drugs seen. Alcohol (beer, tequila, wine). Smoking (joints, cigarettes, cigar). Heroin, reefer, doper, stoned, drugs, tripping, hallucinating, balloon of dope, grass, joints, smack, dropped acid, overdose, drug cartel, peyote, PCP mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religous references. Obscene/sexual finger/hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    Private investigation, paranoia, hippies, drugs, infidelity, informants, dentistry, 1970s Los Angeles, property tycoons, missing persons, counterculture, existentialism, truth, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased husband, missing persons mentioned. Seagulls, ouija board, astrology. Nose-picking. Soles of feet. Based on the novel, Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stupendous, surreal, funny, anxious, beautiful, audacious, fierce, groovy, weird, discursive, delightful, strange, deranged, warm, woozy, singular, gorgeous, radical, unsparing, big, oddball, confounding, madcap, psychedelic. Dazzling performance from Joaquin Phoenix, perfect comic performance from Josh Brolin, huge ensemble cast, laconic/surreal/lively/rambunctious tone, wild/convoluted story, dense plot, avoids kitsch, superb soundtrack, miraculous/speckled/sun-kissed cinematography, lived-in production design, exceptionally faithful to the Thomas Pynchon novel, lots of cameos.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Detached, uneven, incoherent, sprawling, long. Won't be for everyone.