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Family Movie Review: The Monuments Men (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 118 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The movie is set during World War II but doesn’t really have any battle scenes; nevertheless, a couple of characters are shot and die, there are a few abandoned cities that are empty because of the implication of murdered Jews, and there’s some sparse cursing. Also a subplot where a female character suggests to one of the married protagonists that they have an affair, but she is rebuffed and no sexual content is either implied or depicted.

George Clooney returns to the director’s chair with ‘The Monuments Men,’ his movie about art experts trying to save paintings, sculptures, and other works from the Nazis during World War II. It’s an interesting idea, but too bad the film has zero sense of urgency to really convey the importance of this task—the film is instead a dull, unremarkable affair.

By Roxana Hadadi

George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, “The Monuments Men,” is a movie with no clear sense of self. It is tonally disjointed, lacks any real character development, and undermines its lone female character. It’s a war movie without any battle scenes, and an art movie without any explanation of why art matters. “The Monuments Men” is clearly a passion project, but Clooney fails at conveying why.

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