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Men, Women & Children

Year : 2014 Director : Jason Reitman Running Time : 119 minutes Genre : ,
Movie review score
3.5/5

What’s it about?
In modern-day Texas, three compromised families are fraught with lust, change and despair as they navigate the world found online and off.

What did we think?
Dominic Barlow says: In this soothingly intimate and captivating film, Reitman (the director of Juno and Up in the Air) pulls together various stories in a sincere bid to understand how technology is infused into our lives, by visually representing the characters’ text messages and computer desktops with great flair. His broad approach can sometimes become disaffecting, particularly with a motif involving an intergalactic satellite and narration by Emma Thompson, but his amazing cast of actors (which includes the likes of Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer) give highly engaging and nuanced performances. It’s unabashedly dramatic, but also quite humorous and much more self-aware than many reviewers give it credit for.

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