The Look of Love

2013 NR 1h 45m DVD

The Look of Love

2013 NR 1h 45m DVD
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This bittersweet biopic chronicles the over-the-top life of Paul Raymond, England's Hugh Hefner, from nightclub mind reader to burlesque impresario. When not putting nude women on stage, he indulges in every excess and nearly destroys his family.
Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton, Imogen Poots, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, David Walliams
Michael Winterbottom
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Look of Love follows the life of Paul Raymond, who built an empire of strip clubs, erotic revues, and adult magazines in London in the 1960s and '70s, eventually becoming the United Kingdom's richest man. Expect lots of debauchery, including drinking, hard drugs (people are seen snorting cocaine, and there's a tragic overdose), smoking, sex (including threesomes/other combinations), and nudity. Naked women -- both topless and bottomless -- are seen in many, many scenes, either performing on stage or in Raymond's bedroom. There's also some strong language ("f--king," etc.).

Sexual Content

The main character runs an empire of strip clubs and adult magazines, so sexuality runs throughout the entire film. There are naked women in many, many scenes. Often they're performers on stage, topless and sometimes bottomless. Some sequences also show people having sex, in pairs, trios, and more. Moments that don't include nudity are just as likely to have people talking about sex, strip clubs, nude performances, and other types of erotic entertainment.


Some bitter arguments.


Some swearing, including "f--king," "queer," and a few British slang terms, such as "bum" and "fanny."

Social Behavior

Main character Paul Raymond seems determined to prove that he can do whatever he wants, sleep with whomever he wants, drink as much as he wants, and take as many drugs as he wants without affecting the people around him. But he learns a hard lesson, because in the end he doesn't manage to pull it off.


The main character drives a Rolls Royce all around London, where he often brags about his vast real estate holdings. He likes to throw his money around.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many scenes take place at nightclubs and bars, with people drinking champagne, wine, and stronger drinks. Several people also get heavily into drugs, especially cocaine, and viewers often see them snorting from large piles of white powder. One character dies from a drug overdose. Some people smoke cigarettes (accurate for the movie's setting).

  • 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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