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Sleeping Beauty Review

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    While this psychosexual twaddle will no doubt have its admirers, it seems a long shot to attract a significant following or herald the arrival of a director to watch.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Creepy erotic drama about sedated girls has little meaning.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this creepy erotic drama is heavy on nudity but short on meaning. A college student becomes involved in an unusual type of escort service: She's paid to take a drug that puts her to sleep for hours while wealthy old men fondle her nude body (though they're prohibited from actually having sex with her). Besides the sleeping potion, there's also recreational drug use and drinking, plus a fair bit of swearing (including "f--k," "c--k," and more). The film is charged throughout with sexuality -- including full-frontal nude scenes featuring both men and women -- but no actual on-screen simulated sex.

  • Families can talk about how Sleeping Beauty portrays sex and sexuality. Is it treated as a product/commodity? What are the dangers of that perspective? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • By focusing on characters who literally sleep through significant encounters, what is this movie trying to say about life?

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    Messages: If this movie about an aimless college student who gets paid to take drugs that put her to sleep while old men caress her can be said to have a message, it's that you shouldn't sleep through life -- be awake, be aware, and make choices that steer you in the direction you want, rather than letting others set your course.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Lucy is sleepwalking through her life, unsure what to do with herself, and drifts into a weird job where she takes a strong sedative that puts her to sleep for hours while men pay to fondle her nude body. She's unaware of what goes on while she's asleep and doesn't seem to care much about where her life is going.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One scene features an old man aggressively manhandling a nude, sedated young woman. Though he doesn't actually strike her, his domineering demeanor suggests that he's quite excited to be in complete control.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexual themes pervade the film. Extensive nudity, with both men and women seen completely naked. Lucy takes a job in which she wears lingerie while serving meals at private dinner parties, surrounded by other women who are wearing much less. Later, she agrees to take a drug that puts her to sleep for hours so that older men can fondle her limp, undressed body. Though there are plenty of discussions about sex and a few graphic conversations, very little actually happens onscreen. Still, it's clear what's going on, and most of the movie focuses on sexuality.

  • language false4

    Language: Some swearing, including "f--k," "bitch," "whore," "c--k," and "a--hole."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some consumer products are visible, including Lexus cars and Mac computers. The clients in the film are all old, wealthy men who seem accustomed to being able to buy whatever they want.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A key part of the film is Lucy's willingness to take a drug that leaves her completely sedated for hours so that old men can indulge their fantasies. She's also willing, often eager, to partake in casual drug use, including cocaine. A few scenes feature people drinking wine and brandy at dinner parties, as well as stronger drinks at bars or while socializing with friends.