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Bottle Shock Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's the kind of feel-good movie whose resolution is evident from the start, being based as it is on a true story. But that doesn't make the journey any less interesting.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    This intelligent, affectionate, beautifully acted movie gives crowd-pleasers a good name.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Bottle Shock is more than the story. It is also about people who love their work, care about it with passion and talk about it with knowledge.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Comedy about wine rivalry blends fun, heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this true story of a 1976 wine contest between French and U.S. wine-makers isn't likely to hold much interest for kids. The opening sequence sets up the youthful "counter-culture" lifestyle of the era, complete with various shots of drug use, alcohol, etc. A love scene between two main characters includes partial nudity and some passionate foreplay but is generally tame by current standards. Some relatively mild swearing is sprinkled throughout and, of course, lots of wine flows.

  • Families can talk about the father-son relationship at the core of the movie. What does Bo do to earn his father's respect? How do the filmmakers show the changes in this important relationship? What does this movie have in common with other films that tell the story of an underdog going up against a strong opponent? Who do you think its target audience is?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A Mexican man is the victim of a brief episode of racism. International competition resorts to some cultural stereotypes (i.e. Americans as "hicks," French people as snobs).

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several father-son boxing matches are used to dispel real anger, including one powerful roundhouse blow. A truck driver receives one punch.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Most of the sexuality is confined to one scene that includes passionate kissing as prelude to sex, a couple who begin undressing, post-sexual partial nudity, and a flash of breasts.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent cursing includes "goddamn," "bullsh--t," "f--k you," "a--hole," "screw," "bitch," and "s--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Wineries and brand names play significant roles (Chateau Montelena, Gallo, Buena Vista, etc.). Other products seen or referred to include American Airlines, TWA, Kentucky Colonel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine drinking figures prominently throughout, usually within the accepted standards of responsible behavior. Opening sequence with marijuana use is used to place the film in the 1970s. Some beer drinking, some drunkenness in bar, smoking on two occasions.