Sleeping Beauty

2011 NR 1h 42m DVD

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Sleeping Beauty

2011 NR 1h 42m DVD
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In this dark tale, a young college student takes a decidedly offbeat job: As a "sleeping beauty," she's paid to be fondled or otherwise handled by strangers while in a sedated slumber. Soon, however, she begins to wonder what she's submitting to.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
  • Emily Browning
  • Rachael Blake
  • Ewen Leslie
  • Peter Carroll
  • Chris Haywood
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne
  • Eden Falk
  • Mirrah Foulkes
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this creepy erotic drama is heavy on nudity but short on meaning. A college student becomes involved in an unusual type of escort service: She's paid to take a drug that puts her to sleep for hours while wealthy old men fondle her nude body (though they're prohibited from actually having sex with her). Besides the sleeping potion, there's also recreational drug use and drinking, plus a fair bit of swearing (including "f--k," "c--k," and more). The film is charged throughout with sexuality -- including full-frontal nude scenes featuring both men and women -- but no actual on-screen simulated sex.

Sexual Content

Sexual themes pervade the film. Extensive nudity, with both men and women seen completely naked. Lucy takes a job in which she wears lingerie while serving meals at private dinner parties, surrounded by other women who are wearing much less. Later, she agrees to take a drug that puts her to sleep for hours so that older men can fondle her limp, undressed body. Though there are plenty of discussions about sex and a few graphic conversations, very little actually happens onscreen. Still, it's clear what's going on, and most of the movie focuses on sexuality.

Violence

One scene features an old man aggressively manhandling a nude, sedated young woman. Though he doesn't actually strike her, his domineering demeanor suggests that he's quite excited to be in complete control.

Language

Some swearing, including "f--k," "bitch," "whore," "c--k," and "a--hole."

Social Behavior

If this movie about an aimless college student who gets paid to take drugs that put her to sleep while old men caress her can be said to have a message, it's that you shouldn't sleep through life -- be awake, be aware, and make choices that steer you in the direction you want, rather than letting others set your course.

Consumerism

Some consumer products are visible, including Lexus cars and Mac computers. The clients in the film are all old, wealthy men who seem accustomed to being able to buy whatever they want.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A key part of the film is Lucy's willingness to take a drug that leaves her completely sedated for hours so that old men can indulge their fantasies. She's also willing, often eager, to partake in casual drug use, including cocaine. A few scenes feature people drinking wine and brandy at dinner parties, as well as stronger drinks at bars or while socializing with friends.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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