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  • Rated R
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independent, special interest

Twenty-eight-year old, finance golden boy Eric Packer watches his world implode when Wall Street collapses. As revolution ignites on the streets, Eric plummets into a downward spiral of sex, violence and destruction.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
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3 out of 5

Intense, brilliant, and complex, but not for Twilight fans.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cosmopolis, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, is the latest from offbeat director David Cronenberg. It's intense and complex and definitely intended for adults rather than star Robert Pattinson's Twilight-loving tween/younger teen fans, though mature teens may be interested in the film's timely themes. Sex is the biggest issue: The main character is married and sleeps with two other women over the course of one day. The sex scenes are graphic, and one features full-frontal female nudity. (Sex talk and sexual tension are pervasive throughout the film as well.) There are three sudden, shocking violent incidents involving guns, knives, and blood. Language is very infrequent but includes single uses of strong words like "f--k." And Pattinson's character drinks what appears to be vodka and brandy in two scenes, but not to drunkenness.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Cosmopolis' sexual content. How does it portray sexual relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • What is the movie trying to say? What is its theme? What makes it timely?
  • Is the main character a respectable, responsible person? Is he someone to be admired or emulated?
  • Why does the main character resort to violence? Why would someone want to use violence against him?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: I never imagined describing a film as a cross between The Bonfire of the Vanities and Last Year at Marienbad...

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rotten: DeLillo's brilliant analysis of the destructive power of wealth that took such seductive hold on page has a tough time gaining traction on screen.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rotten: It's all vapid snark, didactic sermonizing and bewildering shock tactics.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Cosmopolis is now the third film I have watched and then watched all over again straight afterwards. Needless to say I'm dog tired this morning after staying up well past my bed time but it was worth it. Don DeLillo's post modern Jazz-like style of writing is pretty abstract but his exploration of modern themes; consumerism, corruption, the media and the diseases of society are brilliantly written and have been brilliantly visualised by Cronenberg. DeLillo's work has been criticised as being overly stylised and intellectually shallow but then not everybody likes Jazz. Cronenberg has been similarly criticised over the years, although in my opinion his best films have been overlooked and his worst has been shockingly overpraised. It's hard not to compare this film to Naked Lunch, a cult novel that also wasn't highly regarded upon release but soon gathered recognition. Cronenberg truly did film the unfilmable and yet the film remains a cult favourite and is relatively unwatched by younger viewers. The stories are different but they share similarities, existentialism, abstract expressionism and both provoke and manipulate. They certainly see the world in a different way, the only difference is that DeLillo wasn't on drugs, he knows what he's saying as does Cronenberg. Cronenberg has taken another brave step in adapting this film which was always going to be misunderstood and dare I say poorly marketed. I have no doubt it's a future classic and a strong piece of intellectual thinking. I'm going to be honest though, it's at times a little dull and at times a lot dull but perseverance is key, the explosive scene of brilliantly written dialogue between Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti is great cinema and worth watching for alone. It is abstract but at the same time it's a very savvy look at society that is hard,and would be stupid to ignore. I dig it but it's all about the book for me, my rating is based on good acting, some smart visuals but mainly because of Cronenberg's balls/guts and original cinema.

- SirPant, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2 stars

A misfire. emotionally and intellectually impregnable.

- pier007, Monday, October 22, 2012

2 stars

Everything is barely weeks. Everything is days. We have minutes to live. Not a great movie!vUltimately, I understand that Cronenberg tries to make a lot of statements here but unfortunately, the message doesn't get across. It's the kind of movie that drags on and on, but doesn't accomplish a single thing. Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

- MANUGINO, Friday, October 19, 2012