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The Kid Stays in the Picture Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A candy store for film buffs.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A new documentary about the life of this producer who put together one of the most remarkable winning streaks in Hollywood history, and followed it with a losing streak that almost destroyed him. It's one of the most honest films ever made about Hollywood.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Truly a gripping story, but for mature teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong language, including slurs about Roman Polanski, who is Polish. There are some non-graphic sexual references and some drug use, which is amended by an amusing all-star sing-a-long called "Get High on Yourself!" arranged by Evans. And of course, there are some violent clips of the R-rated movies that Evans produced, including the most famous scene in Chinatown.

  • Families can talk about the significance of this movie's title. They can also discuss what would happen if certain events that almost didn't work out actually failed; can anyone imagine Francis Ford Coppola not directing The Godfather? Anyone who sees this film should enjoy seeing the aforementioned modern-day classics that Evans worked on.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Racial epitephs towards Roman Polanski

What to watch for
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    Violence: Clips of famously violent classic movies, main character accused of part in murder

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    Sex: Mild sexual references

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character arrested for drug use