Grand Budapest Hotel, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson. Comedy/drama. Written & directed by Wes Anderson.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.† The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Wes Anderson is responsible for many quirky films, including The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001. Renown for his stylized idiosyncrasy, Anderson infuses most of his work with a distinctive tone and whimsical approach to both filmmaking and life. With each of his new screen efforts, I keep hoping for more of what I found in Royal Tennenbaums, a dark-humored look at a dysfunctional family that despite its objectionable material (and there was a lot) it taught the need for family and forgiveness, and gave a brilliant portrait of a man seeking atonement. Sadly, whatever positives he presents, Anderson allows for too much shock value, like a chef who depends too much upon seasoning to give his stew flavor.

Once again, we are presented a very humanistic parable that seems in line with todayís breezy view of homosexuality and lacks any regard for God or those in the audience who reverence Him.

Though the director has an eye for striking and efficient compositions, here Andersonís creative depth once again reveals a filmmaker who relies heavily on the crude and the profane to hold an audienceís attention. That doesnít say much for the filmmaker or the filmgoer, does it?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Indian Paintbrush

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around 20 obscenities, mostly a mix of the s- and f-words.

Profanity: Seven or more profanes uses of Godís name.

Violence: Though played with a dark humor, there are several graphically violent actions, including a man getting his fingers cut off.

Sex: There are several crude sexual conversations and a few sexual moments, including a quick shot of a man performing oral sex on another man; these scenes seem meant to jolt us; each sexual act seems more perverse than romantic and perhaps included to further todayís acceptableness of todayís anything goes promiscuity.

Nudity: Brief nudity, both male and female.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Brief drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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