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Blue Jasmine

comedy


Cate Blanchett stars as a former New York socialite teetering between her troubled past and a fresh start in San Francisco.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    91%
  • Audience Score
    77%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

Smart, timely Woody Allen dramedy has drinking, pills.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blue Jasmine is a Woody Allen-directed dramedy with themes that may be too mature for tweens and younger. The protagonist is mentally unstable and is falling apart right before viewers' eyes. Characters don't readily empathize with one another, and they sometimes sabotage each other, not to mention themselves. There's lots of drinking and pill-popping -- the main character, Jasmine (aka Jeanette), relies on hard liquor and prescription medication to get through the day. Another character is very angry, bordering on abusive, and there's some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether the story Woody Allen is telling in Blue Jasmine is relevant to these times. Why or why not?
  • How does the movie depict drinking and prescription drug use? Are they glamorized at all? Are there realistic consequences?
  • Jasmine and Ginger are sisters. Do they seem like they like each other? Respect each other? Is their relationship a good one?
  • Talk to your kids about Jasmine's plight. Is she a victim or complicit? Are we intended to sympathize with her?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    91%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    77%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Blanchett owns this movie as thoroughly as her character owns her delusions.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fresh: This also benefits from one of the strongest casts he's assembled in years: Cate Blanchett is exceptional in the lead, and there are strong supporting turns from Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, and (in a surprise dramatic turn) Andrew Dice Clay.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Friday, August 9, 2013

Fresh: It isn't always easy to watch. It isn't exactly fun (although parts are funny). Blanchett's performance sometimes overpowers the story. But it's an essential work in Allen's later canon.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, August 1, 2013

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Funny, wonderfully acted (especially by Blanchett and Hawkins), Blue Jasmine is a fresh, well-paced, endearing film that has enough dynamics and genuine human emotion to keep the audience entertained from beginning to end without one moment of drabness.

- fb100000293612769, Monday, December 16, 2013

4 stars

At the head of a great cast, Cate Blanchett deserves an Oscar for her fantastic performance in this tragic, thought-provoking and sad character study, as she is able to inspire our deepest sympathy as a pitiful woman who we would hardly like to be around in real life.

- blacksheepboy, Friday, November 15, 2013

2 stars

* * * S P O I L E R S * * * At times scandalously enjoyable, but fatally narcissistic, unrealistic and why-did-I-watch-this-am-I-masochistic? Few to none of those characters are believably San Franciscan! Nor would people in SF turn their heads on the street to see a woman talking to herself! Ginger and all the supporting characters besides Jasmine were cardboard, the cheap floppy kind, and everyone kept rehashing the same 3 plot bullet-points. Yes, Jasmine didn't care about Ginger, yes she thinks Chili isn't good enough for Ginger, and yes Hal was a cheat. We got that all within the first 20 minutes of the movie so when you riff on that theme for another hour, consider me riddled and bored to death. Weak, weak effort by the dialogue writer. Top 40 pop songs have more variations between their first and second choruses than some of the conversations and sentiments do in this film. A couple of scenes were decent but really, after disliking blighted Mighty Aphrodite, it's apparent I don't care for Woody Allen.

- fb223580, Monday, November 4, 2013