Pause for kids 15 & under
Bleak, but lovely journey OK for older-teen music fans.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inside Llewyn Davis, by filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is a startlingly affecting drama about 1960s Greenwich Village folk singer Llewyn Davis's struggle to be noticed and to survive. Expect a bleak (but memorable) retelling that includes some intense subject matter (suicide, abortion), plus some drinking and a scene of a possible drug overdose that may be too heavy for younger teens. There's also plenty of swearing, including "---hole" and "f--k," and a bunch of amazing musical performances.
- Families can talk about the character of Llewyn. What makes him different from other movie heroes? What is the message behind his journey?
- How does this movie illuminate the folk music scene of the 1960s? Does it debunk myths in any way?
- What do you think of the folk music sung here? How is it different from today's music?
The good stuff
Messages: The biggest ally you can have when you're reaching for your dreams is self-motivation and drive. There will be days when striving seems for naught, but you can't short-change yourself.
Role models: Llewyn's not a particularly popular or together guy, but his passion for his music is impressive, second only to his talents. Some of his friends do really care about him, and hold his best interests at heart.
What to watch for
Violence: A screaming fight between two ex-lovers. A man sucker-punches another, leaving him doubled over on the ground. Talk of suicide.
Sex: A heated discussion about how one man impregnated a woman who already has a boyfriend.
Language: Lots of swearing in the first part of the film, and then it's periodic. Some pejorative language ("queer"), plus "s--t," "---hole," "Goddammit," "sonofabitch," "d--k," "piss" and "f--k."
Consumerism: A few cases of historical name dropping, including the Gaslight and Columbia Records.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man gets tipsy at a club and heckles the performer. Some social drinking. A man is shown shaking on a bathroom floor after an apparent drug overdose.
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I Wanted To Love This Movie-Definitely Don't Take a Date! by ktea23
Inside Llewyn Davis had potential to be so much more. While the sets, scenes, costumes for the period piece were enthralling and the good acting can't be denied, the characters and plot were empty and depressing and left me empty and depressed, after watching it. If that is what Joel and Ethan Coen were after in writing and directing this story, they certainly achieved their goal. It is a depressing trip to nowhere with a group of sad misfits, that made me want to throw myself off a bridge and put myself out of the misery of their company and that life. Be warned: Do Not Take a Date, or it may be an early evening!
Inside Llewyn David by jrplatt
Hard to tell where it was going and the point
As one person said when leaving the theatre - it was boring
Oscar isaac was good but the film was not up to their usual standards - not nearly as clever or insightful
A unique breath of fresh air by etaurisani
I'm glad I saw this in the theater and didn't read reviews first. I didn't go in with any preconceived notions of what this movie should be?to be honest I had only seen the trailer once, maybe twice before buying a ticket to see it. Yes, I didn't leave the theater inspired to overcome the odds, but I did leave fully entertained. The music was great and the guest stars were in it just long enough!
Inside Llewyn Davis by laurabachle
Yes, it's sad, and hard to take in, but it's a compelling story with great acting. The movie very effectively evokes the period by going into minute detail with props, settings, and backdrops. The Cohen's opened a door, and it is 1961!
Another Coen Hit by nickell1113
The movie wasn't as dark as expected and had a wonderful soundtrack. Oscar Isaac is a great singer/actor. Totally enjoyed the artful shooting of this film. Story was a little loose but it WAS a week in the life of Llewyn Davis.
The Coen's sentimental and thought provoking love letter to 60's folk music. by mysim20
This film is perfect for anybody who likes A. folk music or B. quality filmmaking. A combination of those two things in one person means that they will love this film. Oscar Isaac does such a good job performing these songs, you can feel as if they carry a weight within the character. You aren't seeing this guy go all in on his music without understanding why. From his songs you can sense how much he's been through and why these songs mean so much to him. This really is the perfect film for any artist trying to succeed and refusing to compromise or totally sell out. The supporting cast is great too, its nice rotating through this extensive cast of great actors. By the part F. Murray Abraham has arrived it really is emotionally gripping. This is a must see in theaters especially, where the sound is at its best and you can see the coen's wonderful use of lighting and camera work come into play.
Music shines Inside Llewyn Davis by artarmendariz
This movie leaves a lot to be desired in many ways but the soundtrack is not one of them. It may not be the big seller that the soundtrack for O Brother Where art Thou was but it carries this movie where the pacing and characters just about put you to sleep. One of the cats does a pretty good job of moving our emotions better than Llewyn does:) Go see it for the music and you won`t be disappointed. Justin Timberlake was really fantastic I must say.
not a main stream performer by ChaosRN
Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961, Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving winter, which is truly metaphorical of the artist's life, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles?many of them of his own making, some by his lack of humanity on his own part, some due to his almost autistic way of traveling thru life.
It is a Coen Brothers tale told well, if not depressing in nature, but then one does not go to a Coen brothers film to be uplifted.
Misleading Marketing by tje173
This is a very well acted and produced period piece of character study. The Coens' names are enough of a recommendation to get me into the theater and the word of mouth/hype marketing had my wife and I salivating for this one to reach the mainstream theater market. I was surprised and a little disappointed at the darkness of the character. Marketing had led me to expect a much funnier and quirkier film. Don't get me wrong, there are more entertaining characters portrayed by good actors than in a half dozen lesser films. However, their ultimate lack of appeal and redeeming qualities make 80% of them inaccessible emotionally. Only JT's Jimmy, F Murray Abraham's agent/auteur and Adam Driver's singing cowboy show a trace of positivity or optimism. Still, the mood and settings of this fascinating period are undeniably strong. The production value is apparent, but a bit more exposition into the various personalities motivations would have been illuminating.
awful by kmcmullen0720
I asked the other people in the theater what they thought and all hated it especially three older women, our newspaper rated it four stars so that is why they came, and totally disappointed, IT was a mess and depressing as hell. I didn't even like Llewyn Davis so it made it worse , his character was a miserable excuse for a musician.