Beginners

Beginners
Beginners
  • R
  • 1h 43m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh85%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Star Wars I, II, III), Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in Beginners, an uplifting comedy about how funny and transformative life can be. When graphic designer Oliver (McGregor) meets free-spirited Anna (Laurent) shortly after his father (Plummer) has passed away, Oliver realizes just how much of a beginner he is when it comes to long-lasting romantic love. Memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life, encourage Oliver to open himself up to the potential of a true relationship. Inspired by writer/director Mike Mills’ own father, it’s an original love story that critics cheer is “smart, poignant and often hilarious!” (Karen Durbin, Elle)

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh85%
Critics Consensus: Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.
Reviews
Miami Herald
Connie Ogle
Fresh

The film is not about a straight man's struggle to understand how his father is gay; it's about le...

June 22, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
Fresh

"Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically an...

August 29, 2018
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson
Fresh

A strange and beautiful film.

June 22, 2017
Arizona Republic
Bill Goodykoontz
Fresh

"Beginners" is a delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Richard Brody
Rotten

Excruciatingly faux-naïve and sentimental...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
Common Sense Says
Touching gay-themed dramedy about love and loss.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this touching, mature indie dramedy -- based loosely on the experiences of writer/director Mike Mills -- revolves around a father coming out of the closet at the age of 75 and proceeding to live life as a gay man to the fullest despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The movie has some frank but not overt sexuality and sexual references; though sex is discussed, nudity is limited to one female breast. Language includes several uses of "f--k." Characters tend to drink fairly often, but not to drunkenness, and the father takes several prescription drugs for his illness (one sequence shows him high on Prednisone).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:June 3, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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