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Broken English Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

God, this movie is a drag. Read full review

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  • 4.0
    61

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is a very good movie named "Before Sunset" that begins more or less where this one ends. Which tells you something right there.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Cassavetes, who wrote the script, proves her skill with actors in this woozy push-and-pull of slurred compliments and shaky hopes for whatever lies beyond the next day.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Demonstrating that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, the screenwriter-director has delivered a well-observed film boasting highly realistic performances and dialogue, if not plot elements. But it's Posey's fascinating portrayal of a thirtysomething Manhattan single woman looking for love that lifts the film above its "Sex and the City" predictabilities.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As charmingly verklemmt New York women with bad luck in men and good luck in apartments go, Nora Wilder in Broken English has all the breaks.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Edgy girl-meets-boy indie for older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie has more heft than the typical romantic comedy. Though it has funny moments -- the awkward dates are right on -- it also has dark undertones that may prove a little too murky for young teens. The difficulties of dating life aren't glossed over; they're excruciatingly detailed (maybe a little too excruciatingly). Sex (non-explicit) and swearing are casual, as are pill-popping and drinking -- which characters appear to indulge in not just as a social lubricant but also to dull their senses so they don't feel the pain.

  • Families can talk about how romantic love is portrayed in the media -- and how that shapes people's expectations. Does it set up both men and women for a big fall? Are men and women really that different in terms of what they want out of relationships? Families can also discuss whether there's any truth to the cliché that you have to know yourself to love someone else. If so, then why?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Nora's a mess -- she pops prescription pills when she's about to have an anxiety attack or a meltdown; she's dismissive of (and rude to) her co-workers; her best friend ridicules her own marriage; and some of the men she dates are users. Also, infidelity and drug use are hinted at.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Just Nora mentally beating up on herself.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nora and her dates sleep together, sometimes on the first date (lots of kissing, but no actual nudity). Heavy petting and kissing, and some post-coital cuddling. One scene in which a couple bathes together (only their bare shoulders are visible above the water line). Married characters flirt with each other (the assumption is that they hook up).

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional profanity like "s--t" and "d--n."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not much, really, though the movie could be an advertisement for Paris, with its longing gazes at the streetscape.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Yes, yes and yes. Characters smoke weed in once scene, drink a lot (tequila, vodka with a twist), and smoke cigarettes.

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