Friday, September 26, 2014

Men, Women & Children
Limited release October 17th, 2014
1 hr 56 mins
Rated R
Comedy, Drama


Director: Jason Reitman

Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel Truby
Jennifer Garner as Patricia Beltmeyer
Judy Greer as Joan Clint
Dean Norris as Kent Mooney
Adam Sandler as Don Truby
Ansel Elgort as Tim Mooney
Kaitlyn Dever as Brandy Beltmeyer
Emma Thompson (voice)
Dennis Haysbert
J. K. Simmons
David Denman
Jason Douglas
Shane Lynch
Olivia Crocicchia as Hannah Clint
Elena Kampouris as Allison Doss
Travis Tope as Chris Truby

Review by Stephen M.

Men, Women & Children is a brutally honest look at our constant connected society and how it affects our relationships with one another.  The story looks at several families intertwined meticulously by the filmmaker, whose movie is based on a novel of the same name by author Chad Kultgen.  Topics included are peer pressure, adultery, porn addiction, cyber bullying, over protective parenting, inappropriate exposure of minors and more.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film from the great acting, to the plot, to the instilled humor despite the overall seriousness of the problems each family, or individual faces.  There were no particular actor or actress or subplot that stood out, as they were all effective and entertaining at the same time.  The importance of technology in the story from social networks, the proliferation of porn on the internet, and even MMORPGs such as Guild Wars woven into the story speaks to every generation that has used a computer or smartphone.

My gripes for the film would have to be the length of the film with a few points dragging as well some of the stories being quite predictable.  Parts that dragged included the unusually long opening credits in space as well as any time Ansel Elgort's character Tim Mooney is moping and feeling apathetic which is often.  Ansel, fresh from playing Augustus in Fault in Our Stars seems to have a lock on these type of characters.

Overall, I would recommend the film, though it may not be suitable for young teens.  It has a lot of good lessons to be learned for both young adults and parents, but the subject matter such as Dennis Haysbert's big black .... may be a turn off for some.  As well, I would have love for some of the characters to have more happier endings or at least some definitive conclusion then leaving it open.

What did you think of the film if you had the chance to see the film?


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