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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A film is a terrible thing to waste. For Roman Coppola to waste one on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a sad sight to behold. I'll go further. For Charlie Sheen to waste a role in it is also a great pity. I stop not: For Bill Murray to occupy his time in this dreck sandwich is a calamity.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    With such an in-house cast of extended Coppola family sparklers, one would think things couldn’t go too wrong in the comedy department, but they have little chance to oil the wheels of a creaky script written around Sheen.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Sheen's '70s-set comedy is a jumbled, sex-filled mess.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a trippy, '70s-set comedy that takes place mostly in the mind of a narcissistic womanizer (played by none other than Charlie Sheen). As you might expect from a movie starring Sheen, there's a great deal of substance abuse (drinking, pill popping, etc.), casual sex, objectification of women (partial nudity included), and strong language (many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more).

  • Families can talk about the way that sexual relationships are depicted in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. Is Charles' history with women positive? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Do you think the movie would have been better or worse with a different actor playing the main character? Is it funny to see Sheen play someone with personality traits that have been associated with him?
  • How does the movie portray the 1970s? How would you compare the depiction of the decade with other movies set in that time period?
  • Charles Swann is also the name of the titular character in Marcel Proust's Swann's Way. Are you familiar with the book? If you are, what are the similarities between Charles Swann III and Proust's Swann?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Charles' life seems like a cautionary tale for young men, so the positive spin would be that being a materialistic, selfish womanizer doesn't lead to a fulfilling life.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: This isn't a film with any positive role models, but at least Charles' sister seems attentive enough to visit him in the hospital. Despite his many flaws, Charles has a good friend in Kirby.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Charles ends up in the hospital, is nearly blown up by a group of imaginary angry women warriors, drinks and drives, and crashes into a pool and injures himself. A beloved pet parrot dies.

  • sex false4

    Sex: The majority of Charles' mind is revealed to be made up of sex: half-naked women (breasts are shown), memories of sexual experiences, etc. Charles keeps a drawer full of lurid photos of previous girlfriends/conquests. Charles and his girlfriend are shown in a tub together (breasts visible), and there are several glimpses of sex (either the sounds of or brief scenes of the act). Women are dressed in sexy, revealing outfits in some of Charles' reveries.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "bulls--t," "ass," "damn," "c--k," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Charles drives a Cadillac.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Charles drinks heavily, pops pills, smoke dope, and goes to drug-fueled parties.