The Night Listener
Writer and radio host Gabriel Noone receives a manuscript from a troubled young fan. Despite his friends' warnings, the fragile Gabriel develops an unsettling relationship with the boy and his blind guardian.
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- Patrick Stettner
English, FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; making-of featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the movie is not for kids. It alludes to a child's sexual abuse in language and impressionistic, somewhat hectic visuals. Characters talk explicitly about sex (specifically, gay sexual activity and desire). An unhappy writer misses his boyfriend, then develops a friendship with a boy he never meets. Characters lie to one another, sometimes maliciously, sometimes out of seeming illness. A couple of arguments end in minor violence (pushing and shoving). Characters are depressed, physically ill, and mean to one another. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink.
- Sexual Content
- Brief, subjective shots from child's POV of sexual abuse in scary basement; gay couple discusses relationship using sexual and pejorative slang ("fag," "d--k-smoker"); couple of shots of a Playboy magazine.
- During escape from authorities, Gabriel hurts his leg in a stairwell; during struggle, woman pulls man into street with her, hoping both will be hit by truck.
- Frequent uses of f-word, "s--t," "a--hole," slang for genitals and sex acts.
- Social Behavior
- Writer questions his own use of other people's lives; character appears to lie about the existence of a little boy.
- Background logo (Coca-Cola).
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drinking (beer and liquor, once to drunken, self-pitying state); ashtray full of cigarettes; Gabriel smokes cigarette.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it