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Luce is a smart psychological thriller that will leave audiences breathless. An all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a poster boy for the new American Dream - as are his parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth), who adopted him from a war-torn country a decade earlier. When Luce's teacher (Octavia Spencer) makes a shocking discovery in his locker, Luce's stellar reputation is called into question. But is he really at fault, or is Ms. Wilson preying on dangerous stereotypes? Stacked with amazing performances, and adapted from JC Lee's acclaimed play, director Julius Onah has created an intense, multi-layered and deeply entertaining look at identity in today's America.
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Critics Consensus: Luce brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion.
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Common Sense Says
Smart, mature drama about race, privilege, and expectations.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Luce is a play-based drama about complex issues of race, privilege, and expectations. It has very mature sexual content, including two brief, graphic sex scenes, one between a married couple and another between teens, plus full-frontal nudity and sex talk. Language is constant and strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "p---y," and much more. Violence is mostly described rather than shown, but there are allusions to war, as well as a story about a girl possibly being abused by several boys during a drunken party. Cops tase someone, a character's house is vandalized, and a desk (and then a building) are set on fire. In addition to descriptions of teen drinking, teens frequently smoke pot, and adults drink wine and whiskey regularly. The film is deliberately elusive, as well as rather talky and static, but it's also brutally smart and effective and will surely leave viewers talking. Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Octavia Spencer co-star.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:August 2, 2019
- Audio Format:5.1
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