Theatrical Release: 2/8/2013
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Producer: Scott Z. Burns
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Runtime: 106 min.
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Rooney Mara,
A provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects.
Included with every prescription medicine is a list of side effects printed on an accompanying sheet. TV ads list some pretty alarming side effects of prescription drugs, while encouraging viewers to get their doctors to prescribe the "cure-all." Some side effects make you question whether or not to take the medication at all.
"Side Effects" the movie, is based on the warning labels attached to anti-depressant drugs. In Emily's case, the side effects of her prescription include sleep walking. This psychological thriller has several clever plot twists that keep the audience guessing as the story unfolds. That said, the content is out of bounds for a Dove Family Approved Seal. Profanity, nudity and a lesbian love scene spoil an otherwise intensely fascinating story.
The side effect of this movie left me somewhat depressed, wishing that this film was made without assaulting one's sensitivities.
Sex: Married couple making love twice - once explicit, A lesbian love affair with fondling and kissing but no nudity
Language: F-17, S-3, G-1
Violence: Bloody footprints, Stabbing, Electric shock therapy, Slapping - 2,
Drugs: Some drinking, Many instances of taking various anti-depressant drugs
Nudity: Brief female full frontal nudity, Shirtless male, Topless female from the back
Other: Many characters are conniving and look out for themselves at the detriment of others