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Men, Women and Children

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout-some involving teens, and for language.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Comedy Drama Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 59 min.
Year of Release:
2014
USA Release:
October 1, 2014 (limited—5 theaters)
October 10, 2014 (expanded)
October 17, 2014 (wide—608 theaters)
DVD: January 13, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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ways the Internet has changed some people’s relationships, communication, self-image, and love lives

proliferation of illicit material on the Internet

What is sin?
What is goodness and righteousness?

PORNOGRAPHY—How can I tell if I’m getting addicted to pornography or sex? Answer

sexual pressures

PURITY—Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

lust and fornication in the Bible

LUST—What does the Bible say about it? Answer

How can I deal with temptations? Answer

What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer

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video game culture

anorexia

EATING DISORDERS—Where can I find help? Answer

hunting for fame using the Internet

Featuring: Adam SandlerDon Truby
Jennifer GarnerPatricia Beltmeyer
Rosemarie DeWitt … Helen Truby
Judy GreerDonna Clint
J.K. SimmonsAllison's Dad
Dean Norris … Kent Mooney
Emma ThompsonNarrator (voice)
Timothée Chalamet … Danny Vance
Olivia Crocicchia … Hannah Clint
Kaitlyn Dever … Brandy Beltmeyer
Ansel Elgort … Tim Mooney
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Director: Jason Reitman—“Juno” (2007), “Up in the Air” (2009), “Thank You for Smoking” (2005)
Producer: Paramount Pictures
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Distributor: Paramount Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Men, Women and Children‘ follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the Internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose—some tragic, some hopeful—as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.”

The movie is based on a novel (2011) by Chad Kultgen described as follows:

“Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics The Average American Male and The Lie, cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In Men, Women and Children he explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents. From porn-surfing fathers to World of Warcraft-obsessed sons, from competitive cheerleaders to their dissatisfied, misguided mothers, Kultgen clicks open the emotionally treacherous culture in which we live‒in his most ambitious and surprising book yet.”

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


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Movie Critics

…some positive moral, redemptive messages in the second half, but it contains lots of crude immoral behavior, strong foul language and some humanist/atheist commentary that ultimately undercuts the positive content. …
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

…a misguided intergenerational ensemble drama… [1½/4]
—Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail

…tone deaf about technology…
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

…“Men, Women & Children” has nothing illuminating to say about technology… Jason Reitman and his co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) manage to be both prudish and eye-rollingly vulgar. … [1/5]
—Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle

…If Best Picture Oscar winners “American Beauty” and “Crash” had a millennial baby, it would probably look a lot like Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” a darkly comic, sexually charged drama… [3/4]
—Lou Lumenick, New York Post

…may not be Reitman’s best, but points to the Canadian director for ambition and assembling an admirable cast with not a weak performance in the bunch. …
—Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star

…Glum survey of miserable people… [2/4]
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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