On the Rocks Parent Guide
This warmhearted comic drama manages to balance its serious subject matter and wry comedy for its entire runtime.
Parent Movie Review
Life is going well for Laura (Rashida Jones) and her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) – even if things are a little hectic. Laura recently signed a deal with a publisher for a book she has yet to finish, Dean’s company is picking up a record number of new clients, and they have small children who need a lot of attention. But as Dean starts to spend more time at work, and more time on business trips, Laura begins to get suspicious. A call to her eccentric playboy art-dealing father Felix (Bill Murray) does nothing to allay her fears, and only reinforces her concern that Dean might be having an affair with his attractive young assistant Fiona (Jessica Henwick). Determined to help, Felix whisks Laura away on a whirlwind adventure to get to the root of the problem, no matter how far that takes them.
I was expecting the best part of this movie to be Bill Murray. The character he plays, Felix, is an unrelenting charmer, a wealthy art-dealer who spends his time travelling the world and trying to seduce every woman he sees. I was partially right, in that Murray’s typical manic charm is as entertaining as ever – but Rashida Jones offers a wonderful straight-man for him to play off of. More importantly, her own serious performance balances the movie out and is a good reminder of the serious personal consequences of this bizarre bit of father-daughter bonding. Even Murray manages to sober up and deliver some emotional scenes.
This is one of the softest R-ratings I’ve seen lately. All of the extreme profanity comes at the very beginning of the film in the form of a segment of a Chris Rock stand-up comedy clip. If you skip that ten-second clip, then what’s left is remarkably tame. The only other major content concern is going to be Felix’s problematic opinions about monogamy, women, and the nature of sexual relationships. Even then, none of that dialogue is terribly explicit and there is no on-screen activity.
This movie is funnier and more light-hearted than some of director Sofia Coppola’s other work, so personal fans of hers might be disappointed if they’re looking for a darker or more serious film. On the Rocks strikes a delicate balance between serious subject matter and Bill Murray’s off-the-wall charm – a difficult tightrope to be sure, but one the film manages to walk for the entirety of its runtime. Movies about suspected adultery may not be a great date night option, but this is a surprisingly heartfelt little feature about the strained relationship between parents and children, and how people move on.Directed by Sofia Coppola. Starring Rashida Jones, Bill Murray, and Marlon Wayans. Running time: 96 minutes. Theatrical release October 23, 2020. Updated February 5, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is On the Rocks rated R? On the Rocks is rated R by the MPAA for some language/sexual references.
Sexual Content: There are several crude sexual references on a variety of subjects, although none are particularly graphic. A woman is shown from the shoulders up in the shower.
Profanity: There are seven uses of coarse or sexual language, including three uses of extreme profanity, one scatological profanity, and occasional terms of deity and mild profanities. There are references to adultery.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are shown drinking socially with meals.
Page last updated February 5, 2021
On the Rocks Parents' Guide
Laura has a strange relationship with her father. What kind of boundaries do you think she should set? Do you think he would respect them? Why or why not? How do you think her relationship with her parents influences her other relationships?
Laura’s suspicions keep snowballing, but she could have saved a lot of time and trouble by communicating with her husband. Why didn’t she? Would you have acted differently?
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Sofia Coppola also worked with Bill Murray on Lost in Translation, which also stars Scarlett Johansson.