Pause for kids 16 & under
Intense, brilliant, and complex, but not for Twilight fans.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cosmopolis, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, is the latest from offbeat director David Cronenberg. It's intense and complex and definitely intended for adults rather than star Robert Pattinson's Twilight-loving tween/younger teen fans, though mature teens may be interested in the film's timely themes. Sex is the biggest issue: The main character is married and sleeps with two other women over the course of one day. The sex scenes are graphic, and one features full-frontal female nudity. (Sex talk and sexual tension are pervasive throughout the film as well.) There are three sudden, shocking violent incidents involving guns, knives, and blood. Language is very infrequent but includes single uses of strong words like "f--k." And Pattinson's character drinks what appears to be vodka and brandy in two scenes, but not to drunkenness.
- Families can talk about Cosmopolis' sexual content. How does it portray sexual relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- What is the movie trying to say? What is its theme? What makes it timely?
- Is the main character a respectable, responsible person? Is he someone to be admired or emulated?
- Why does the main character resort to violence? Why would someone want to use violence against him?