Day 3 x Review of Men Women & Children

Men Women & Children: moving, thought-provoking, REAL. A film that addresses issues that may be too awkward to face. A film that shows how prominent internet & technology is in our generation: not in a negative way or in a persuasive way, but a realistic way. Whether we like it or not, the internet is slowly taking over everything, and we can choose to avoid it, but it may be harder than we think.

The characters in the film range from an overprotective mother that observes everything her daughter does online, a married couple that relies on affair + escort websites and porn to look for love and excitement out of their marriage, a depressed teenage boy who is obsessed with an online RPG game, a girl who goes to tumblr so she can take on a totally different identity, an anorexic girl who looks on thinspo websites for inspiration, and so much more.

Every character faced obstacles that were due to the internet, and it's interesting how they all used it as a method for escape. An escape from the world they live in, as if living on Earth isn't enough. The characters wanted the fakeness of the internet instead of the beautiful authenticity of the real world. Yet their relationships in real life and what really matters was falling apart due to how invested they were in the internet.

The film is full of text messages, facebook, and many other forms of social networking. My favorite part about it is that the websites they were on were the actual real websites, not some cheap replica of them. And the things they did or said on the websites were things people actually do. It was really refreshing to see this, considering most films make the internet seem like...not the internet.

The performances in the film were beyond amazing. I literally have never liked Adam Sandler in any film he's ever been in, but he really pulled off the role of Don Truby. It wasn't a comedic role at all, yet he nailed it. Jennifer Garner of course played the perfect motherly straight laced mother. Ansel Elgort has been in so many blockbuster films lately but this is by far his best. I loved him in The Fault In Our Stars but he really took on the character in this movie. I fell in love with his character and wanted to help. His female counterpart Kaitlyn Dever also portrayed her character flawlessly and together, they made the film special. Their character's love in the film made it worth watching.

Men Women & Children is originally a novel by Chad Kultgen. I liked the way amazon described it: "In Men, Women, and Children, his incisive vision, unerring prose, and red-light-district imagination are at their most ambitious and surprising, as he explores the sexual pressures of junior high school students and their parents navigating the internet’s shared landscape of pornography, blogs, social networking, and its promise of opportunities, escapes, reinvented identities, and unexpected conflicts."

I truly think Men Women & Children is a film of the generation. It can teach us all something. I've been preaching how bad the internet can be sometimes for years, and I'm truly so happy this film actually exists. Love matters. Life matters. The world matters. YOU matter. Don't throw that away for the internet.


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