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FRENCH EXIT

"Odd and Directionless, with an Occult Subplot"

Quality:
Content: -3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
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What You Need To Know:

FRENCH EXIT stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Frances, an aging Manhattan socialite. After discovering that the inheritance she received from her late husband is dangerously low, Frances accepts defeat. He last friend offers her an apartment in Paris. With no alternatives, Frances, her son, Malcolm, and her cat move to France. As funds dwindle, Frances goes through bouts of depression, wanting to spend the rest of her money and die in Paris. Frances and Malcolm meet many odd characters along the way who might offer some closure to her murky past.

FRENCH EXIT relies on sarcastic dialogue and short, quirky episodes to drive its dark comical style. Its efforts fall flat. The movie lacks a central narrative, emotional weight and compelling characters. Furthermore, the story takes a surrealistic turn when Frances uses a clairvoyant witch to contact her dead husband. While the movie’s R rating is only due to some “f” words, FRENCH EXIT’s bizarre use of witchcraft and lack of direction prevents the story from having a morally positive outcome. MOVIEGUIDE® rates FRENCH EXIT excessive and unacceptable, especially because of its occult subplot.

Content:

(PaPa, OO, LL, V, S, AA, D, MM):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong but confusing pagan worldview, some occult elements are included for intentional absurdity, without a clear plot there the movie never lands on one central moral, although there is a brief emphasis on the importance of family, and forgiveness through a few scenes of closure

Foul Language:
11 “f” words, one “s” word, one strong GD profanity, and a woman describes in detail a man urinating in public

Violence:
A woman contemplates suicide throughout the movie, a man is shown having died in bed, a cat scratches a woman’s hand, a man punches another man in the face, and a man fights policeman Alcohol Use/Abuse: Drinking throughout, some mention of being drunk

Nudity:
No nudity

Sex:
Implied fornication, which is talked about later in the movie

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Smoking throughout, but no drugs;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
It’s insinuated that a child’s parents were never there for him, some familial tensions occur, and a nonchalant view of death is played for sarcastic comedy.

More Detail:

FRENCH EXIT stars Michelle Pfeiffer as an aging Manhattan socialite, Frances, who moves into a friend’s Paris apartment with her son, Malcolm, her cat, and a dwindling inheritance from her dead husband.

The movie opens as a younger Frances unexpectedly barges into a school to take her son Malcolm away. It’s unclear why the abrupt events happen. However, it seems as if Frances is now a widow, and Malcolm is finally receiving the attention he deserves as her son.

The movie fasts forwards. Frances and Malcolm live in the center of Manhattan in an enormous home. However, the bank informs Frances that her dead husband’s inheritance isn’t enough to keep up her luxurious lifestyle.

Frances goes to her last true friend, Joan, and Joan offers Frances her apartment in Paris. There are already tensions between Malcolm and his mother. Also, he’s unwilling to tell her he’s engaged to his girlfriend, Susan. However, with no other options, Frances, Malcolm and their black cat set off to France, leaving their old life behind.

On the boat ride across the North Atlantic ocean, Malcolm meets a clairvoyant witch. At first, people think the witch is crazy. However, when her prediction of someone dying comes true, Malcolm and Frances believe her.

Once in Paris, Malcolm and Frances try to make the most of their new situation. However, Malcolm misses his girlfriend, and Frances misses her husband, despite not being fond of him. One night, Frances’s cat goes missing. Frances believes she has a special connection with the cat, and so she hires a private investigator to find the witch from the boat. As the odd cast of characters grows, Frances and Malcolm seek closure.

The FRENCH EXIT relies on sarcastic dialogue and short, quirky episodes to drive its dark comical style. Sadly, its efforts fall flat due to no central narrative, a lack of emotional weight and characters that aren’t compelling. Furthermore, the movie takes a surrealistic turn when Frances uses a clairvoyant witch to contact her dead husband.

While the movie’s R-rating is only due to some “f” words, FRENCH EXIT’s bizarre use of witchcraft and lack of direction prevents the movie from having a morally positive outcome. FRENCH EXIT also has some references to suicide and an occasional nonchalant attitude toward death that’s played for comedy. MOVIEGUIDE® rates FRENCH EXIT excessive and unacceptable, especially because of its occult subplot involving a clairvoyant witch trying to contact a dead person. God clearly condemns such practices in the Hebrew Scriptures and in Revelation 21:8.