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Kabluey Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    A dark piece of whimsy that enchants and befuddles in equal measure.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Kabluey is short on the cutes and ca-ca jokes. But it's also short on substance, despite a watchable supporting cast and an amiable overall tenor.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Catches the nation's mood of economic anxiety and workplace exploitation more pungently than anything else in theaters.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film is an ambitious mix of slapstick, black comedy and stinging social commentary.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The film's distance from factual reality oddly enhances its bleak underlying vision. It portrays a demoralized American work force fearfully going through the motions of life while waiting without much hope for things to get better.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Dramedy with mature themes is light on substance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this movie features child actors, centers around a family with young children, and even has a costumed character that appeals to children, it's rife with mature themes like infidelity, failure, and abandonment. One young character seems particularly enraged and forlorn and exhibits his frustrations by hitting and throwing objects. There's drinking, lots of swearing, and some partial nudity (though it's not sexual in nature).

  • Families can talk about what the Kabluey represents. How does Salman change as he spends more time running around as Kabluey? Families can also discuss Salman's reason for helping out. Was it just because he was at a dead end? What does he gain from helping? At what point did his attitude change, and why? What about Leslie? Does she seem like a good parent? Why do you think she is the way she is? What does she think about Salman when he first arrives, and how does it change over the course of the movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Marital infidelity, family discord, neglect -- it's all here, but the film has heart, and its main character is full of good intentions.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A clearly enraged child attacks his minder with toys and fists; later, he and his brother are shown trying to poison him with scrubbing cleanser. It's played in jest, but still ... Also, two people confront a couple on a tryst, which leads to some pushing, shoving, and screaming. The Iraq war is referenced more than once through radio and TV clips -- its presence looms over everyone.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A woman has an affair with her boss; they're shown cuddling together and about to kiss. Another woman is shown in her bra and skirt, right before she embarks on a liaison. A man's backside is revealed accidentally, but not during sex. A character is shown urinating, though no body parts are exposed.

  • language false3

    Language: Quite colorful, including everything from "a--hole" and "bitch" to "j-zz" and "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Signage for BluNexion, an Internet company that has Kabluey as its mascot; Mustang GT decals are visible on a car, Wishbone salad dressing, Lexus, various supermarket signs.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character smokes at work; Salman drinks a beer at work.