Men, Women & Children - 4 Stars
No laughs to be found in Men, Women and Children, but its messages are strong and powerful. A truly thought provoking film.
The film 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.
This is one of the most culturally challenging films I have seen in a very long time. It is relevant to everyone no matter what age and communicates its message exceptionally well.
The casting is strong throughout, Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Olivia Crocicchia, Alison Doss, Jennifer Garner and Emma Thompson lead the ensemble cast piece and all give outstanding performances.
It brings to the forefront some exceptionally scary realities and documents them in a relatable way. Overall a great movie, but an awful comedy! I encourage you to see this film and take heed of its warnings and message, the obvious ones and the more subtle messages.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas