Gone Girl

 

20th Century Fox

 

Rating: R

 

Reason for the Rating: A scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language .

 

Plot Summary: When Nick Dunne's wife disappears the morning of their anniversary, all eyes turn to him as the main suspect.

 

PopFam Recommends: This movie is about as suspenseful and unpredictable as it gets—but definitely not for kids or young teens.

 

Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, Basic Instinct...it's not often a movie comes along that can rival these movies of warped relationships and suspense. But now there's Gone Girl to add to this list of classic titles.

 

Gone Girl is the story of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) Dunne. Amy and Nick were happy. Maybe not recently, but they were happy in the past. They found the same things funny. They enjoyed the same pastimes. Shared inside jokes and the intimacies a close relationship brings. And then circumstances changed. Nick lost his job, and his mother got sick, and they moved from New York City to North Carthage, Missouri to help care for her. They bought a bar with Nick's twin, Margo (Carrie Coon), who doesn't get along with Amy. All the changes in circumstances seemed to lead to Nick changing too. Amy tried to keep up, to stay relevant to his life, but he just seemed to grow farther and farther from her, until he became violent with her and she feared for her life.

 

And then on the morning of their fifth anniversary Amy disappears under strange circumstances. The living room is in disarray and the ironing left out, but no blood or other trace of Amy. The police are called and soon discover a clue. In fact, it's labeled, "Clue 1." It seems suspicious, until Nick explains that each year Amy sends Nick on a treasure hunt for his anniversary present, and this is the first clue in the game. Although Nick tries to paint their marriage as blissful and perfect, he can't hide the truth, and as his lies begin to unravel everyone begins asking, "Did Nick kill Amy?"

 

In broad strokes, Gone Girl is about relationships. How at the beginning we are patient, funny, kind, and try, try, try to be our very best. And then a corner is turned and we let our guard down. Some of our ugliness begins to seep out. We react in anger. Impatience. Sarcasm that isn't so funny. In a twisted way, this movie asks the viewer to consider how much do you really know about your husband or wife? What's the unknown "thing" inside that makes them who they are?

 

Those who have read Gone Girl, will be delighted with the movie version of the bestseller. Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay as well, and it follows the book more closely than any book-to-movie I've ever seen. David Fincher, who is known for movies as widely diverse as Se7en to The Curious Life of Benjamin Button to The Social Network, has excelled in making this movie so interesting that you'll find yourself cringing while sitting on the edge of your seat. Together they've made a disturbing movie you just can't walk away from.

 

As such, this is not a movie recommended for children or even young teens. The language is harsh, the jokes are raunchy, the violence is bloody, and there are a few scenes with nudity. Despite all that though, Gone GIrl a movie most will enjoy and walk away feeling just a little uncomfortable.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Were you surprised by the outcome of Gone GIrl? Explain.

 

• Did you find yourself picking a side between Nick and Amy? Was one more likeable than the other?

 

• In what ways does this movie explore marriage and the struggles couples face in communicating and growing together? Did you find it to be reasonable?

 

--JW

 

Tags: Gillian Flynn,Ben Affleck,Rosamund Pike,Nick Dunn,Amy Dunn

 

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