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Solitary Man Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film's real shocker is its unpleasantness.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This attractive cast may help get an audience, but they will surely puzzle over such a downward-spiraling story that lacks inner logic.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    With an outstanding screenplay by Brian Koppelman and disciplined direction by Koppelman and David Levien, a story that could have been generic (or worse, scented with flowery bulls---) turns into a precise, honest, and affecting drama.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Gripping drama about getting older has drinking, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an adult movie with mature themes, lots of sexual discussion and some sexual, and a leading character who, in an effort to delay aging and mortality, obsessses about his appeal and sexual prowess, targeting women of all ages. In one scene, he takes on a male college student in a fist fight, and then later is brutally beaten by a hired thug. Alcoholic beverages are frequently consumed at social gatherings, dinners, etc., sometimes by underage drinkers. One scene depicts the film's hero as very drunk.

  • Families can talk about the acceptance of life's passages and aging. How does Hollywood and the cult of celebrity affect society's attitudes about growing older?
  • Ben Kalman is dishonest in many of his relationships. What price does he pay? How do you think the story would have changed if he had gotten away with his behavior?
  • The film's ending is ambiguous. Why do you think the filmmakers made that choice?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Acceptance of life's passages is crucial to aging with dignity, self-awareness, and trustworthiness ("You can't cheat death)." There are severe consequences for bad behavior and irresponsibility; and yet family and friends may offer a second chance. It takes courage to admit mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

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    Role models: Lead character starts out as a self-indulgent, dishonest scam artist. He pays dearly for his corrupted soul and finally sees the error of his ways. Other family members are shown to be good parents and good friends: honorable, loyal, and forgiving.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One brief tussle and fist fight between the mature hero and a college student. The hero is later subjected to a brutal beating by a hired thug.

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    Sex: Lots of frank discussion throughout the film about sexuality and the various characters' sexual experiences. Main character (identified as 60 years old) leers and flirts with women of all ages continually; for a time he focuses on an 18-year-old girl. There are multiple scenes of undressing, some sexual foreplay, passionate embracing, partial nudity, and post-sexual cuddling. A college party shows students making out.

  • language false4

    Language: Occasional swearing: "f--k," "hell," "ass," "asshole," "d--kwad," "sh--," "crap, "get you off," "balls, and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Jeep, Apple Computer, BMW.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many scenes include social drinking: dinner, parties, etc. and some underage drinking, including at a college event. Lead character gets very drunk on one occasion.