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Manhattan Murder Mystery Review

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OK for kids 13+

Witty Woody Allen film about marriage and maybe murder.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this witty, wonderful Woody Allen film focuses on the possibility that a murder has occurred, but there's only some mild comic violence during the climax. The main characters snoop around to dig up the truth, even lying to their neighbor, who they suspect of the crime. There's some suggestive dialogue and rare swearing (including "s--t").

  • Families can talk about the messages in this movie. Is this a movie about honesty? About relationships?
  • How does this film compare to other Woody Allen comedies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: This film about couples and how people who love each other get along sends a mostly positive, if comic, message about long-term relationships.

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    Role models: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have what appears to be a very normal marriage, and the whiff of intrigue surrounding their neighbor's mysterious behavior adds some spice to the relationship. They doggedly try to determine if a neighbor has murdered his wife. They follow him around, break into his apartment to snoop, and lie to him about their motives. In the end, their behavior may or may not be justified.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The couple at the center of the film suspects their neighbor has murdered his wife and spend much of the film wondering if any foul play has actually occurred. By the end, there's a dead body, a chase scene, and some comic gunplay.

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    Sex: No sex, though some discussion of sex and suggestive comments.

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    Language: Occasional swearing, including "s--t" and "damn."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking at restaurants and small gatherings in apartments.

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