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Broken Flowers Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    No actor is better than Bill Murray at doing nothing at all, and being fascinating while not doing it. Buster Keaton had the same gift for contemplating astonishing developments with absolute calm. Buster surrounded himself with slapstick, and in Broken Flowers Jim Jarmusch surrounds Murray with a parade of formidable women.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It skips merrily along the surface with its over-the-top vignettes but never seems to arrive at a destination. Nevertheless, the journey is more than half the fun as every actor attacks his role with relish.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Jarmusch's uncharacteristically mainstream -- wonderful -- road trip movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Minimalist melodrama for older teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the protagonist is a devout bachelor, now middle-aged, who has left behind many women. Characters use curse words (mostly in conversation, and at the end, during a fight), smoke, drink, and use drugs (as well as slang for drugs, especially marijuana). Stereotypical bikers briefly assault Don at the end, leaving him bloodied and unconscious. The film includes sexual imagery (a post-sex morning awakening, an adolescent girl nude [not explicit] and in her underwear) and references (to past relationships).

  • Families can talk about the combination of regret and curiosity that motivates Don's effort to find his son. How does the film suggest that his self-understanding as a "Don Juan" is necessarily changing as he grows older? How does each woman reflect a different aspect of his personality and the variety of his desires? How do their fates suggest alternatives to his own? (In particular, how does the "animal communicator"'s desire to keep her dead dog with her in spirit a means to put off or deny death?) How does looking back on life provoke remorse or desire for change?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Protagonist has a long history of many abandoned girlfriends, a teenager is seductive to her mother's ex.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A very brief, brutal assault at the end.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and brief images (nudity, not activity).

  • language false5

    Language: Mostly "hipster" cursing (some f-words); angry cursing in one brief scene.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Car rentals, car race logos (briefly glimpsed in photos).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking, smoking, pot-smoking.