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Youth movie rating: red light

Youth red light

Overwrought nine-tenth-life crisis drama in which even a great cast — Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano — cannot create a lick of sympathy for the artistic and existential turning points on arty display. Children speak with adult precision and wisdom; grownups don’t say anything tenable at all.
I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast

I’m “biast” (con): hated writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty

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(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)

See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Youth for its representation of girls and women.

red light 2 stars

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Youth (2015)
US/Can release: Dec 04 2015
UK/Ire release: Jan 29 2016

MPAA: rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language
BBFC: rated 15 (strong language, sex, nudity)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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  • bronxbee

    just from the ads and an article i read in the NYTimes, i knew this was going to be that kind of movie. seems like Sorrentino is the new Fellini — it’s all about the mens.

  • Jack Strider

    Here we go again. I don’t even …

    This is a grande movie with European taste & artsy touch combined with hilarious ironic scenes, characters and dialogue.

    Probably the best movie of the decade. The lightness of being and the birth of tragedy in one. This is how you do it. Hollywood has lost it if they ever had it. Being both on every note.

    Take notes, Wes & co.


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