A Beautiful Mind was nothing what I expected it to be, which actually fits with what some of the
characters in the film experience. I don't want to talk too much about the plot, because the more you know
ahead of time, the less of a surprise certain key plot developments are. A Beautiful Mind is based
on the true events of mathematician John Nash's life. Brilliantly acted out by Russell Crowe, the story
covers a lot of key moments in Nash's life, including many of the hardships he and his wife had to endure.
This made for one depressing (for the most part) film. While the film does have its lighter moments, this is a
weighty film in emotion. The characters are fleshed out are real the way they are portrayed here, and Ron Howard
does an amazing job directing this piece. There are many surprises-- none which I hope to give away -- making
for an enjoyable experience, but I, personally, found the movie a little more depressing and heavier than I prefer.
While the film gives you a greater appreciation for the kind of man Nash is and the things he and others like him
have to go through, it doesn't make for a cheerful 2-plus hours of film. However, not all films must be laugh-fests
or non-cerebral films, I just don't prefer ones that are far from uplifting, and I personally didn't find this
one too uplifting.
I don't like Russell Crowe. That's not why I wasn't thrilled with this picture, but that has just
been my stance on Crowe "the man" not Crowe "the actor." This is actually my first Russell Crowe feature, since
most of his flicks are rated R and no, I didn't see Gladiator (yes, yes, I know... so what :) ).
But let me just say that Russell Crowe delivered a jaw-dropping amazingly good performance in this film. I was sold
on his portrayal of John Nash, and I can't imagine anyone doing a better acting job. It was down-right phenomenal.
Jennifer Connelly did a great job portraying his wife Alicia. This is actually only my second Connelly film,
following her 1991 film The Rocketeer, considering that was probably her last watchable film (and one of her only).
It was great to see her use her talents in a non-physical way.
Content-wise, A Beautiful Mind is PG-13 for good reason. Not especially violent, but includes a scene
where we see Nash's arm is very bloody, and we see a brief glimpse of him picking at the gory mess looking
for an implant he believed was there. In other blood-related sequences, we see some blood on his head when he
bumps in on a window pane and in another shot we a bloody cut on his arm where something is inserted under his skin.
As far as sexual content, it is mostly dialog-related where Nash awkwardly and bluntly tells women in two separate instances
that he just wants to have "intercourse" with them. A lot of the sexually-related dialog is really unnecessary
and should have been left out. It was included to show just how bad with people Nash was, but it was needed. There is also a brief shot of infant male nudity while it is being
bathed. Language is moderate with 4 "s" words and several uses of blasphemy.
While I acknowledge the presence of a really good film and terrific acting (which I can't help but think
they made it because of all the awards it might win), it's not a movie I'd really recommend.
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Charles makes a sexual remark about a "cocktail."
When John's classmates try to set him up with a pretty woman in a bar, he approaches her and bluntly asks
what he has to do to just have sex with her, but she just smacks his face and leaves the bar.
John mentions something about getting "laid."
At a picnic, John tells Alicia "I want to have intercourse with you as soon as possible," to which she kisses
him in response. The scene ends, however, before anything else happens.
In a scene after they've been married, Alicia snuggles up to John and runs her hand under the sheets towards his crotch.
He rolls over because the medication impairs him sexually.
While a baby is in a bathtub, we see its genitals.
Vulgarity/Language: 4 "s" words, 3 h*lls, 1 "d*ck," 1 "c*ck,"
1 use of "get laid," 1 a-h*le, 1 S.O.B., 2 "g*dd*mn," 3 "J-sus Chr-st," 1 "Chr-st," 1 "Oh Chr-st," 3 "Oh G-d," 2 "Oh my G-d,"
Alcohol/Drugs: There's some beer, wine, and champagne during the film.
Blood/Gore: John's has a bloody cut on his forehead
after banging his head on a window. John has a bloody cut on his arm after an object is implanted in his skin.
Nash has a lot of blood all over his arm and hand, as well as his clothes from digging through his arm looking
for an implant.
Violence: A woman smacks John in the face; John smashes his head on a window and then he and
Charlie toss his desk out the window; During a car chase there is some shooting before a car runs another off
the road into a lake; John punches a man; Alicia slaps Bender's face;
Alicia throws a glass at a bathroom mirror resulting in both shattering; John tries to stop a person from shooting another.
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