Men, Women & Children

Synopsis: Men, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jason Reitman
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

On September the 5th, 1977,

NASA launched

the spacecraft Voyager.

Destination unknown.

Its only cargo a set of records

curated by American

astronomer Carl Sagan.

The collection was designed

to last a billion years

and potentially give

extraterrestrial life

a glimpse at humankind.

The records were printed

in gold-plated copper

to prevent corrosion,

and included

international music,

greetings in 59 languages,

the crashing of an ocean wave,

wind through an oak tree,

whale calls,

the human heartbeat,

and the sound of a kiss.

At around 12:
15 p.m.,

Central Standard Time,

just as Voyager approached

the edge of our solar system,

back on Earth,

in an unremarkable suburb,

Don Truby was attempting

to log onto,

a pornographic website

featuring young actresses

in the roles

of helpless hitchhikers.

However, the accumulation

of malware

Don gave a brief thought

to masturbating

using only his imagination,

but the sheer quality

and variety of the Internet

had left his brain

an inferior substitute.

In order to access

the limitless fountain

of pornography

that he had become

accustomed to,

Don would have to use

the only remaining computer

in the house.

The one belonging

to his 15-year-old son.



Don had purchased the computer

for his son's birthday.

It was meant for homework.


He couldn't help think back

to his own childhood

when he discovered his father's

secret stash of magazines

while searching for

a bicycle wrench

in the garage.

He felt a sadness

about not being a part

of that moment for his son.

A moment he considered to be

an intrinsic part of growing up.

Almost a passing of the torch.

Good afternoon,

teachers and students...

Just a reminder

to all students...

Like many Texas high schools,

the pride of East Vista

was their football program.

The key to their junior

varsity team winning district

was sophomore running back

Tim Mooney,

a one-man scoring machine

that had carried them

to victory as a freshman.


Of all the posters

in this school,

I thought it was an improvement.

You think this is funny?


I know what DTF means.

Tim? Come on back.

I just thought about it

a lot and

sports just sort of

seem a little


Sports are not pointless, Tim.

These are the best years

of your life!

You don't just throw God's

gifts away like that.


But that's why you need

football right now.

We need you on the team.

Have you told your father?

Yeah, yeah, he knows.


We know you're having a tough year.

I'm sure everything

with your parents...

I'm sure your mom

left a mighty big hole

in your life at home.

How about I have a word

with your teachers

about easing up

on your homework?

How's that sound?

You are seriously

skinny this year.

Thanks. I went on this

super diet over the summer.

In my opinion it worked.

I mean, you look really great.

I tried not eating

one summer, but

my b*obs dropped a size,

so I quit.

Can't be having that.

You and Danny are

so cute together.

Thanks! Right?

Have you guys hooked up yet?

Yeah! Yeah.

I mean, like, a little.

You know I'm not, like,

a total slut.

It's a new era for

women, okay? Just because

I'm comfortable with my body

and enjoy hooking up

doesn't make me a slut.

Just this older guy I met when

my mom and I were in Florida.

Yeah, okay.

Check it out.

- Was it gross?

- No.

It wasn't that bad.

It was kind of salty, I guess.

Did you let him, like,

you know, finish in your mouth?

- Allison!

- Uh...

Yeah. How else would I know

it was salty?

Why would you even have him

take a photo?

I need to know what

my audience is seeing.

Anyways, I'm just saying,

it's... It's like, uh...

There's like

a natural progression.

And if you don't sleep

with somebody soon

you're gonna be completely

retarded in bed when

you're a junior and it counts.

My mom's here!

See ya, b*tches!

Hi, baby!


New outfit?

Another request came in today,

so I stopped at Hot Topic.

It's cute, right?


Okay, you've read through

every solitary interaction

I've had on every

single website, Mom.

I think I'm safe

from "the predators."

Oh, really? What is this?

"U R hawt." Who is Derrick G.?


A friend of a friend?

He's an adult.

So? I can't help if some

random guy

finds my picture cute. Jeez.

I can.

Are you serious?

Well, now we don't

have to worry about him

Yeah, I'd really hate to get

any more compliments, Mom.

It could really do

a lot of permanent damage.

Honey, you know I just do this

to keep you safe.


I love you, sweetie.

I love you, too.

Okay, let me see your phone.

During these

weekly spot-checks,

Brandy would divulge every

username and password

she employed online.

As an additional precaution,

Patricia installed a device

that monitored

and recorded every keystroke

her daughter ever made.

We got six new

subscribers today.

That's awesome!

The website had been the idea

of a local talent agent.

Each time she received

an email or a new subscriber,

Hannah felt a little bit more

like a celebrity.

You sure you're comfortable?


Okay. Here we go!

Hey, Dad.

Tim Mooney quit.

No kidding?


What kind of mother

abandons her family

for California?

I've got, like,

a pretty hard test tomorrow

so I'm gonna go study.

Yeah, "studying."

What are you talking about?

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Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977) is a Canadian-American[2] film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and Young Adult (2011). As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy award and four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He is the son of director Ivan Reitman. more…

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