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The Details Review

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  • 70

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    Village Voice

    Top-shelf cast, headed by Tobey Maguire, slips into familiar grooves of adultery, lies, blackmail, and pet poisoning, it's the spectacular blow-ups and dressing-downs that make this such a nervy pleasure.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tobey Maguire's characteristic placidity makes a fine mask for a man who is thoroughly awful.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Bad choices and immoral acts go unpunished in dark comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Details is a dark comedy about a not-so-likeable man (Tobey Maguire) who commits some pretty heinous deeds. He lies, cheats on his wife, considers murder, and even intentionally runs his car over an animal. Other people in the film are just as unpleasant, and nobody really gets what they deserve. There's plenty of swearing (including multiple variations on "f--k"), some drinking, and one scene in which people smoke pot. There's also a rather bloody murder involving a bow and three sex scenes in which bare backsides are glimpsed and oral sex is suggested. A character masturbates to online porn. (The movie is also available on demand.)

  • Families can talk about The Details' characters. Do any of them have redeeming qualities? Are they sympathetic? Does a movie need to have relatable characters to succeed?
  • How does the movie portray marriage? How does it compare to other movie marriages?
  • Why do you think Jeff cheats on his wife? Why does he dream about an innocent woman getting killed? Does he get what he deserves?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Almost everyone in this film lies, cheats, steals, or worse -- and nobody seems to get what they richly deserve. The innocent are punished, while the guilty get to live a good life. There's simply no justice here.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Though Jeff Lang plays Good Samaritan to help a friend in need, he has few other redeeming characteristics. He cheats on his wife, scams his way through medical school, plots a murder, and even tries some illegal home improvements. And worst of all, it seems like he might get away with all of it.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A few heated arguments and one rather gruesome, bloody murder using a bow. A man intentionally drives over an animal and then puts the car in reverse and does it again, just to be sure.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A few sex scenes, some featuring quick glimpses of naked backsides and suggestions of oral sex. A husband and wife argue about their sex life, and the man sometimes masturbates to online pornography.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent swearing includes many permutations of "f--k," plus "s--t," "whore," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: One character mentions grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, and a Nike shoe is visible in an early scene.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two characters get drunk in a bar, then go smoke a joint and fondly recall the times they got wasted in medical school. People drink wine and other alcoholic beverages at social events and meals.