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Men, Women & Children (2014)

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A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communications, their self-images, and their love lives.

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Jason Reitman

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Chad Kultgen (based on the novel by), Jason Reitman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Don Truby
Jennifer Garner ... Patricia Beltmeyer
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Helen Truby
Judy Greer ... Donna Clint
Dean Norris ... Kent Mooney
Emma Thompson ... Narrator (voice)
Timothée Chalamet ... Danny Vance
Olivia Crocicchia ... Hannah Clint
Kaitlyn Dever ... Brandy Beltmeyer
Ansel Elgort ... Tim Mooney
Katherine Hughes ... Brooke Benton (as Katherine C. Hughes)
Elena Kampouris ... Allison Doss
Will Peltz ... Brandon Lender
Travis Tope ... Chris Truby
David Denman ... Jim Vance
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Storyline

Men, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Taglines:

Discover how little you know about the people you know See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout-some involving teens, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pale Blue Dot See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,024, 5 October 2014

Gross USA:

$705,908

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,705,908
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-Writer and Director Jason Reitman felt so much of the acting in the film was so based on reactions to texts, chats, and photos that using dummy screens with no text would not suffice. The production team had to create very realistic-looking versions of popular websites, all on their own tightly controlled software, with which the actors and actresses could interact in real-time. According to Reitman, they spent "the same amount of budget on creating the digital world as we did creating the physical one. People know what Facebook looks like better than they do a hotel lobby, you stare at it all day, so it had to be convincing." See more »

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18 minutes into the film, the narrator says, "On September 27th, 2013, after 36 years of space travel, the Voyager finally exited our solar system and entered uncharted territories." In reality, on September 12 of that year, NASA confirmed that Voyager I had left the heliosphere but that this had actually occurred on August 25, 2012. The narrator then goes on to say, "But not before taking this photo of Earth from 3.7 billion miles away." While strictly speaking this is true, the "Pale Blue Dot" photograph was taken on February 14, 1990 - over 23 years before the narration implies that it was, and shortly after which the Voyager's cameras were permanently deactivated to conserve electrical power for the remaining scientific instruments on board. See more »

Quotes

Don Truby: I just wanna know... what you'd like in your eggs.
Helen Truby: Don, we need to talk about this. I've made mistakes.
Don Truby: So have I. Oh yeah, so have I. Probably worse than you. I don't know, Helen. That's just it.
Helen Truby: That's just... what's just it?
Don Truby: Well, we could sit here and tell each other everything we've ever done. Shit, everything we've ever thought. It might take a while. But yeah, we could clear everything up and go to sleep tonight with some pretty vivid pictures in our heads. Or you could just tell me what...
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Features Guild Wars 2 (2012) See more »

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Morning Star and Devil Bird
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Recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes
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It's a freakishly good movie
2 December 2014 | by paul_3-960-896774See all my reviews

The film Men, Women & Children is another societal exploration of American / western culture by Jason Reitman. It is a freakishly good movie. I didn't really know what to expect, to be honest the trailers were not that engaging, but this character driven movie captivated me. It's a little long and the slow pace is not helping but every minutes were worth the cramp I got on my ass from sitting too long in the movie theater.

Every character had their kinks and quirks, a singularity about them that some people might call one dimensional, I disagree. The message wouldn't have been so loud and clear if the characters didn't have a stereotypical aspect to them. By the way what was the message? It sure feels like there's one but the at the same time it doesn't feel like it's patronizing message. I think it is whatever you feel it is, you will definitely leave with something, but it might not be the same as the people who sat next to you. In that sense the movie feels neutral, showing you how it is and how it can affect lives.

The movie is not as heavy as the trailers suggest, well it is heavy but there were light and funny moments that helped not making the film a drag. The way Reitman opened his subject made sense and it was tastefully done. Unlike the web he left some things to the imagination or implied them. The film goes to "scary" places, revealing some heavy uncomfortable things about teenagers, parents, couples, and society. You go to these places because it's done every so slightly, tastefully, step by step.

It was a great assemble of a cast, there is not a bad performance in this movie. Each of the actors play their part on this beautiful movie that is Men, Women & Children.

If you haven't seen this movie, please check it out, and I would like to know if the movie resonated with you? Tweet me @wornoutspines


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