SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL stars Pierce Brosnan as Richard, a literature professor and ladies man in California who has problems with his ex-wife, her sister and immigration officials. Richard and his young pregnant wife, Kate, moved to California for a lucrative job offer for her, but he’s struggling to find a tenured university position. Three years later, Kate falls for a co-worker near her age. When she and her new beau go on vacation, she sends her older sister, Olivia, to make sure Richard is properly caring for their young son. Olivia assumes Richard has resumed his playboy lifestyle but is surprised to find herself falling for him.
SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL has some uplifting moments, especially toward the end when characters reconcile. However, throughout the movie, the male protagonist promotes the philosophy of the Romantic poets. In one scene, he throws out logic while teaching his students. SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL has a lot of foul language, some overt lewd content, infidelity, and comical references to marijuana use. For all those reasons, it’s unacceptable, despite a positive ending extolling marriage and forgiveness.
(RoRoRo, B, C, LLL, V, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong, intentional Romantic worldview promoting Romantic values, including emotions and free expression over logic and morality, with many references to the Romantic poets of the 1800s and their philosophy, including Byron and Keats, with some moral, redemptive elements as male protagonist cares about his young son and proposes to the woman he loves at the end, and forgiveness is extolled; about 38 obscenities (including some “f” words), five strong profanities and 12 light profanities; light comic violence includes man accidentally hits bumper of sports car with his car, and man gets hit in face with baseball when son hits T-ball; two scenes of depicted fornication, implied fornication, woman leaves middle-aged husband for a younger man nearer her age, professor sleeps with his students, and man flirts with girlfriend’s sister not knowing who she is; several shots of rear female nudity and an instance of upper male nudity; alcohol use and man accidentally mixes alcohol with painkillers after not paying attention to his dentist’s warning; smoking, elderly father leaves a bag of marijuana with middle-aged son along with a note urging him to “Lighten up” after they had an argument, and son later jokingly offers it to woman from his recovery group, plus man mixes painkillers with alcohol; and, cheating, middle-aged man has a rocky relationship with his elderly father, but they reconcile, lying, immigrant illegally crosses border to see his son, do a favor for his father, and try to reconcile with ex-wife and her older sister.
SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL stars Pierce Brosnan as an English literature professor and ladies man in California who has problems with his ex-wife, her sister and immigration officials. It has a very strong Romantic worldview with lots of immoral content, but marriage and forgiveness are extolled at the end once the hero finds the right woman.
The movie opens at Cambridge University in England. Richard (Brosnan) is a successful literature professor who specializes in the Romantic poets, just as his irascible father did. Both men are ladies men, and Richard has a steady stream of affairs with doey-eyed undergrads. However, he gives all that up when Kate, his current younger girlfriend, becomes pregnant. They move to Los Angeles, where Kate has a lucrative high tech job, and Richard gets by with a city college job while pursuing a tenure-track position nearby.
Three years later, however, Kate falls in love with a co-worker nearer her age and moves out. Meanwhile, Richard accidentally mixes alcohol with some painkiller medicine from the dentist, gets arrested and endangers his immigration status.
Kate sends her older sister, Olivia, who’s just been dumped by her own longtime boyfriend, to make sure Richard is properly caring for their son, Jake. Olivia assumes Richard is back to his playboy lifestyle, but is shocked when she starts falling in love with him herself.
SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL has some uplifting moments, especially toward the end when characters reconcile with one another. However, throughout the movie, the male protagonist promotes the philosophy of the Romantic poets, especially Lord Byron and Yeats. In one scene specifically, he overtly attacks logic in favor of emotion and personal feelings, if not lust. So, it’s in that context that the movie leads to its more positive ending extolling marriage and forgiveness.
That said, SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL has a lot of foul language, some overt lewd content, infidelity, and comical references to marijuana use. Ultimately, for those reasons, and its overt promotion of Romanticism, the movie is unacceptable viewing.
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