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Wonder Wheel tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), a melancholy, emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny's rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young life-guard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty's long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. Poetically photographed by Vittorio Storaro, Wonder Wheel is a powerful dramatic tale of passion, violence, and betrayal that plays out against the picturesque tableau of 1950s Coney Island.
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Critics Consensus: Wonder Wheel gathers a charming cast in an inviting period setting, but they aren't enough to consistently breathe life into a Woody Allen project that never quite comes together.
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Common Sense Says
Adult themes in heavy but beautifully filmed drama.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Woody Allen's dark drama Wonder Wheel doesn't have any nudity or on-screen violence, it's not intended for kids. It deals with serious themes of adultery, suicide, murder, and consequences for past actions. A couple has sex in public, almost fully clothed. Mob killings and domestic abuse are discussed/implied but not shown. The only child character is a pyromaniac who's headed for serious trouble. Drinking and smoking are presented negatively but are part of the building stress of the film's third act; language is infrequent but includes "hell" and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), as well as some insults and derogatory ethnic terms. As usual for an Allen film, it's packed with well-known actors, including Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, and Justin Timberlake.
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- Release Date:December 1, 2017
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD