“Men, Woman and Children” the new movie from director Jason Reitman is an insightful and thought provoking look at how the internet and digital age has changed the way that we communicate with each other. Gone are conversations, it's now text messages and emails, even when we are in sight of one another.

Based on a novel by Chad Kulgen, “Men, Woman and Children” tells the story of different families. The one thing that they all have in common is that their lives have been taken over by their high-tech gadgets. There's Donny (Adam Sandler) and his wife Helen (Rosemarie DeWitt) whose marriage is going through an unsteady patch leading Donny first to start looking at porn on the internet and then turning to escort services, meanwhile his wife Helen has started going on to chat rooms and begins meeting strange men for sex. Their son Chris (Travis Trope) has become so desensitised by porn that he's no longer able to get excited by the real thing. The real thing just happens to be sexy cheerleader Hannah (Olivia Crocicchia). Hannah has a burning desire to be a Hollywood star and is pushed on by her mum (Judy Greer), who herself dreamed of stardom but had to give up on her dream after becoming pregnant. Hannah and her mum also have their dark secrets as Hannah's mum runs a provocative website where her daughter is the one and only model.

Mum meanwhile is seeing Kent (Dean Harris), Dean is separated from his wife and has to look after his teenage son, Tim (Ansel Elgort). Tim, having quit the school football team now spends his days in front of his computer screen playing role playing games. The only person Tim has an interest in is Brandy, Brandy unlike most of the others in this tale has her head screwed on.Her only problem is that her mother Patricia (Jennifer Garner) is obsessed with keeping her daughter safe. Patricia spends all her spare time either tracing Brandy on her mobile or pouring over pages of text messages printed from her daughters mobile phone.

It all might sound a bit depressing for a night out at the movies, however “Men, Woman and Children” is terrific and it's not often that you can say that about a movie that Adam Sandlers in. It’s touching, moving and distressing, I say distressing because I'm sure that there will not be one person that goes to see this that won't see a little bit of themselves on the screen. This is a movie of today for today, don't miss.



Men, Women & Children (15)

Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler

UK Release: Friday 5th December 2014

www.menwomenchildrenmovie.com