Broken Flowers

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Broken Flowers is a humorous, offbeat comedy about Don Johnston (Bill Murray), a middle-aged, unemotionalDon Juan has been who finds himself alone with no girlfriends or family. On the day that his latest girlfriend (Julie Delpy) leaves, he receives a mysterious pink letter that says he has a 19-year-old son who may be looking for him. Don sets out to find his son, and his neighbor (Jeffrey Wright) helps him by locating four of the women (Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Tilda Swinton) in Dons past and gives him a package with an airplane ticket and driving directions to each of their homes. After returning from an inconclusive trip, Don sees a young man (Mark Webber) who may be his son. But something Don says sends him running down the street as fast as he can, leaving Don, once again, alone. Some may get bored with the films long, silent scenes.

Broken Flowers has a number of objectionable scenes and bad language used to portray the brokenness of characters lives. In one, a teenage girl comes out of her room, revealing to Don her nude body with a nearly shaven pubic area. In another scene, a girlfriends daughter is drinking more wine than the adults at the dinner table. When Don leaves, the mother and daughter come out on the porch to wave goodbye. The girl is in her underwear. These scenes depict their lives as dysfunctionalrather than as acceptable. Don does not respond to the nudity of the teen, who appears not to know better. In another encounter, an angry past girlfriend uses the f-word a few times when Don shows up. The movie presents a positive portrayal of marriage and contrasts it with Dons philandering lifestyle. Although Don has money, hes alone and lonely.

Preview Reviewer: Renee Borner
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Crude Language: Few times strong (f-word 3)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Frequency times moderate - once -(Pennys friend punched Don in the eye. When he comes to, there is a little blood on his face.)

Sex: Frequency times mild implied once (Don and Laura in bed asleep with her upper back and upper part of breast slightly exposed.)

Nudity: Several times mild (teenage girl in panties and bra on porch and in window); moderate (teenage girl shown walking away with nude buttocks); strong (teenage girl walks toward camera totally nude with camera showing nearly shaven pubic area)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times mild (mans daughter reprimands her father for smoking); moderate (marijuana use by two men)

Other: Carmen believes she can communicate with animals

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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