Squid and the Whale, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Downbeat but keenly observant story of dysfunctional Brooklyn-based family -- vain, pseudointellectual writer (a superb Jeff Daniels) in career slump; his estranged wife (Laura Linney), beginning to get attention as a writer; and their two confused children (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline) shuttling between the two households. Writer-director Noah Baumbach does well with this semiautobiographical material, but the amoral attitudes and behavior of the parents (though shown to have negative consequences) and the relentless barrage of expletives and frank sexual talk will turn off many viewers. Excessive profanity, rough and crude language, frank sexual talk and situations including two episodes of childhood/prepubescent masturbation, brief partial nudity, underage drinking and condom use, permissive parental behavior, and adultery. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America is R -- restricted.
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