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The Roads Not Taken

The Roads Not Taken
The Roads Not Taken
The Roads Not Taken
  • R
  • 1h 25m
  • 2020
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The Roads Not Taken follows a day in the life of Leo (Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning), as she grapples with the challenges of her father's chaotic mind. As they weave their way through New York City, Leo's journey takes on a hallucinatory quality as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Roads Not Taken is the well-acted result of an undeniably singular vision -- one which is ultimately frustratingly, fatally inert.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Drama about dementia imperfect but makes emotional impact.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Roads Not Taken is a drama about a man (Javier Bardem) with dementia who, over the course of a day, thinks about (or imagines) two other times in his life -- one in Mexico and one in Greece. It's more of an emotional story than a logical one, and mature viewers who can forgive storytelling flaws may find it moving. Violence/danger-wise, a man hits his head (blood is shown); a woman yells at a man, accusing him of stealing her dog, and he's tackled; and a man is passed out, adrift on a rowboat. There's some violence- and death-related dialogue, as well as general stress and tension. A man urinates in his pants, and his adult daughter gives him hers to wear. Language is fairly strong, with several uses of "f--k" and other words. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes at a beachside bar.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 13, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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