The Number 23
Joel Schumacher directs Jim Carrey for this psychological thriller about an animal control officer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life but soon worries that a fictional murder might materialize.
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- Joel Schumacher
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 2008 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Actor nominee: Jim Carrey
RViolence, disturbing images, sexuality and language
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; Theatrical Version Fact Track; deleted & alternate scenes; director's commentary; trailer; making-of featurettes; behind-the-scenes featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this isn't a Jim Carrey comedy. It's a thriller in which suicides are epidemic (three characters take their own lives -- or try to -- in often-bloody detail). The surreal, MTV-style filmmaking unfortunately makes at least one of the suicide victims look like a gauzy Victoria's Secret model who's ready for a turn on the fashion runway -- not a good message to send. There's also a subplot about a girl who likes to have kinky, abusive sex. Other violence includes murder (usually offscreen) and the threat of murder; there's also some language and drinking.
- Threatened knifings. Multiple suicides and suicide attempts via slit wrists, standing in front of a bus, hanging, jumping out the window, and a gunshot to the head (the last is usually off screen). One throat-slitting (presented in a surreal, fantasy way). The hero gets a bloody dog bite and later tries to kill the dog by running it over.
- A few uses of "s--t" and "f--k," as well as "bitch" (in both canine and human contexts).
- Social Behavior
- Characters suddenly go from normal and sympathetic to shifty, paranoid, and potentially psychotic. There is, however an ultimate message about the redeeming power of family love and support and "doing the right thing."
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The hero drinks to steady his nerves.
- 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