Men, Women and Children review

>After laying an egg with Labor Day, writer-director Reitman tries to redeem himself with this long-winded tale of the perils of social media and the internet on parents and teenagers. Unfortunately, Men, Women and Children is hardly an improvement.

It's a labyrinthine portrait of various navel-gazing suburbanites – teenagers lusting for fame, adulterous parents, newly single adults putting their toes into the dating scene, computer game-obsessed jocks, anorexic hormone-driven girls and one chillingly over-protective mother, their lives confoundedly problematic as they relentlessly look to their iphones and computers for the help they need in conducting their lives. Text messages are regularly strewn across the screen as this is the only way most of the characters can interact.

It's an up-to-the-minute premise for sure, but might well seem dated maybe a couple of years from now. The cast are all gifted players but their roles are too thinly written to make us intrigued enough or care enough about their respective plights. There's no real meat to any of these characters, they exist in a kind of suburban vacuum that is unenticing and unpersuasive. Another dud I'm afraid.

Men, Women and Children at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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