Jason Reitman’s deceptively light exploration of the Digital Age couples both comedy and tragedy through near-accepted absurdity.
Despite Men, Women & Children‘s initial, “sexually playful” approach, it wastes no time in quickly entering areas more darkly abhorred by its would-be spectators. In spite of this, Reitman never fully authorises, nor condemns the increasingly “progressive” actions of the film’s inhabitants, preferring, instead, to draw upon the presented moral ambiguity afforded by society’s unbridled access to information.
In bringing a considered, non-biased approach to the controversy surrounding humanity’s dependency on social media, Men, Women & Children offers debate, rather than criticism.
Men, Women & Children‘s often intimate view to “digital adolescence” knowingly forgoes the moral evaluation of its characters, painting a much murkier, truer-to-life recreation of society’s virtual love affair.
CAST: Judy Greer, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Rosmarie DeWitt
DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman
WRITERS: Chad Kultgen (novel), Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson
SYNOPSIS: A group of teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the potential toxicity of the Digital Age.