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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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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:

The real Modern Family. 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:

$47,553, 3 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$461,162, 17 October 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Jennifer Garner is tracking her daughter on the cell phone and pulls up the map, her daughter's location is a pale blue dot. This further emphasizes the pale blue theory that none of this matters in the long run. See more »

Goofs

In giving the 9/11 assignment the teacher says that "Other than the attack on Pearl Harbor it's the only time a foreign force attacked anything on U.S. Soil." That is incorrect. Even if you do not include the Revolutionary War you still have the War of 1812 where the U.S. was invaded by the British and the White House and Washington D.C. was burned. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Like it or not, for the moment The Earth is where we make our stand.
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Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Petrichor
Written & performed by Bibio
Courtesy of Warp Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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We are all insignificant and don't know each other as much as we think we do.
3 December 2015 | by rumrolfSee all my reviews

This film shows the way the Internet changed the relationships people have in real life with others and with themselves. I didn't feel like the Internet was being blamed for those changes, but instead it just gave possibilities that people could take or not. This film is about how insignificant we all are, it makes you put things in perspective and analyze your priorities. Also, you end up having the feeling you don't really know other people even if you live with them.

The story centers around a group of teenagers and their parents. I liked the way they took stereotypes of teenagers and showed them in a different light, outside of high school. You have the cheerleaders, the jocks, the loners and they are all complex people instead of just good or bad. I got a "The Breakfast Club" feeling because you see them as people who deal with personal issues and are not as perfect as they might seem. When it comes to the adults, it centers around their romantic relationships and their problems.

In all the situations, the Internet functions as an scape from reality, a way to explore new things, being someone different and getting the kind of support they couldn't find in real life. That's why I think the portrayal of the Internet was realistic and not just plain negative. I think this film is a dialogue starter, a great film to be watched by parents and their children. It gets uncomfortable at times but if you talk to each other about your own experiences with the Internet you might end up knowing your family better.


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