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Take This Waltz Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Oops, she did it again. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    68

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    This sophomore feature is a stumble backwards in terms of maturity.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Williams is hampered by her character's limitations. What results is a mannered tale of an immature, empty vessel.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Drama about love, temptation has lots of mature content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Take This Waltz is a mature adult drama that explores the ways in which a long-term relationship might start to feel stale, and focuses on a woman (Michelle Williams) who loves her husband (Seth Rogen) but struggles to resist a handsome neighbor. There's some intense sexuality, both in bed (one extended montage includes threesomes and other graphic sequences, and there's some female full-frontal nudity) and in tension-laden scenes of the forbidden couple trying to tamp down their feelings. A few sequences feature social drinking, and one character is a recovering alcoholic who's tottering on the edge. There's also plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more). Ultimately, it's unlikely that the grown-up nature of the material will appeal to younger viewers.

  • Families can talk about how Take This Waltz depicts sex and relationships. Is there a positive message here? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding these topics.
  • Do you think all long-term relationships eventually lose their luster? How can a couple avoid being tempted by something new?
  • Do you think Margot made the right choice? Does she regret her actions?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The excitement of the new will eventually wear away in a long-term relationship, but trading in the familiar for a fresh replacement isn't necessarily the best strategy. In fact, what seemed thrilling may soon become just as commonplace, possibly leading to remorse.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Margot struggles to remain faithful to her husband despite an intense attraction to another man, while Daniel, the object of her affection, is less respectful of the sanctity of marriage.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some intense arguments.

  • sex false4

    Sex: One long montage of several sexual encounters, including threesomes and other graphic sequences, and one long, explicit monologue as a man describes what he'd like to do to please a woman. One scene features several women, old and young, showering at the gym, with full frontal nudity.

  • language false4

    Language: Plenty of swearing, including "s--t," "f--k," "ass," "d--k," and "fricking."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some characters smoke cigarettes; occasional drinking at parties. One character is a recovering alcoholic who struggles with sobriety.

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