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Family Movie Review: The Grand Seduction (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 113 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. Some infrequent slang, suggestion of sexual activity (some moans from married couples) and discussion of sexual activity (as well older women listen in on a man’s phone calls to his girlfriend), some adult drunkenness, and the discussion of cocaine use. What is most questionable, though, is the idea that a town full of liars could end up being a really nice place to live—the film has some shaky ethics.

Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch are charming, but they can’t make up for the bizarre ethics of ‘The Grand Seduction.’ The film argues for small-town life, but what if that small town happens to be full of liars and misogynists?

By Roxana Hadadi

Taylor Kitsch has had a tough go of it lately, between the box-office flops “John Carter,” “Battleship,” and “Savages,” so ostensibly, “The Grand Seduction” makes sense: A low-budget comedy shot in his home country of Canada, with veteran actor Brendan Gleeson as his costar, doesn’t seem that demanding. And for both their parts, Kitsch and Gleeson are solid—but the movie itself, with its sense of black humor that feels betrayed by the unsurprisingly happy ending, is problematic.

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