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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

When Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) head to Barcelona hoping for an exciting summer vacation, they get more adventure than they imagined. It all begins after they accept an invitation from artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) to spend the weekend with him eating well, drinking wine and making love. If the offer wasn't dubious enough, the situation becomes further complicated when the painter's seductive ex-wife (Penelope Cruz) unexpectedly shows up uttering murderous threats Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D
Violence: C
Sexual Content: D
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 15 Aug 2008
Video Release: 27 Jan 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This production seems to promote the idea than an outside affair will improve sex in a committed relationship. What implications of unfaithfulness does the film fail to address? What impact might breached trust have on the emotional well being of a couple?

How do these characters define romantic love? Why are recreational encounters seen as being more appealing than long-term relationships? What positive aspects of marriage (or committed pairs) are overlooked in this script?

Can knowing what you don’t want in life help a person find what they do want?

One character in this film refers to multiple partners as a Mormon practice. Polygamy, known as the marriage of more than one woman to the same man, was practiced in the early history of the Mormon faith (officially known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) but was banned nearly 120 years ago.

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