What Just Happened?

2008 R 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD

What Just Happened?

2008 R 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD
  • Overview
  • Details
A harried film producer juggles a lunatic director, a temperamental actor and an out-of-control production while courting a studio head and dealing with his ex in director Barry Levinson's witty and poignant exploration of the movie business.
Cast
Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Sean Penn, Kristen Stewart, Robin Wright, Lily Rabe, Catherine Keener, Michael Wincott, Moon Bloodgood
Director
Barry Levinson
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this mature showbiz satire -- which depicts the ups and downs of a Hollywood producer -- includes scenes in which prescription drugs are passed around as cavalierly as breath mints, and a major subplot revolves around sexual jealousy. A major character, who has completed rehab, falls off the wagon, and the film-within-a-film that the producer is working to save features gory gun violence (as well as a discussion of how much violence is too much on screen). There's also lots of strong language (including "f--k" and derivations thereof) and several brands referenced or on display.

Sexual Content

A single naked breast is seen; kissing; discussions of sex and infidelity.

Violence

Gun violence is repeatedly seen in a film-within-the-film -- including blood, a human being shot, and a dog being shot; scuffling; destructive rages involve furniture being thrown/damaged.

Language

Frequent strong language, including "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "balls," "ass," "p---y," a--hole," "bollocks," "pricks," "bitch," and more.

Social Behavior

A character discusses spending time in rehab and then falling off the wagon. A character is going through marriage counseling with his wife. Corrupt and coarse behavior is depicted. A supporting character commits suicide. Satirizes the media industry, with some broad/generalized characterizations.

Consumerism

Many show business entities and corporations are mentioned, like Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and Columbia Pictures; brands like Porsche, Vicodin, Red Bull, Klonopin, The Red Cross and more are also referenced.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink hard liquor, wine, and beer and smoke cigarettes and cigars. One reference to Ecstasy being taken. Extensive mention of the abuse of prescription drugs, with a lead character acquiring them illicitly to help placate a nervy director.

  • 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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