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"THE DARJEELING LIMITED"
(2007) (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Moderate Heavy Moderate Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None Minor Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy Heavy Heavy Moderate Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A man reunites his estranged brothers in hopes of them experiencing a spiritual rebirth while traveling via train in India.
PLOT:
A year after their father's funeral, a wealthy man, Francis (OWEN WILSON), reunites his estranged brothers, Peter (ADRIEN BRODY) and Jack (JASON SCHWARTZMAN), onboard The Darjeeling Limited, a train traveling across India. Only he knows of their ultimate destination, but he informs his siblings that he wishes for them to experience a spiritual rebirth of sorts.

As they make their journey and Jack has a fling with Indian porter Rita (AMARA KARAN), the brothers must come to grips with their differences and the reasons they aren't as close as siblings should be.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're fans of the director, Wes Anderson, or someone in the film, it's highly unlikely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • OWEN WILSON plays a man bandaged from a previous incident who reunites his estranged brothers on an Indian train, desirous of them experiencing a spiritual rebirth. He's the dominant one of the bunch, uses profanity, smokes, drinks, and uses strong prescription medication to feel good.
  • ADRIEN BRODY plays his more reserved brother who isn't particularly happy about being on this trip. He also uses profanity, smokes, drinks, and does the prescription painkiller bit.
  • JASON SCHWARTZMAN plays their other sibling who does all of the above, plus he has a sexual fling with Rita.
  • AMARA KARAN plays an Indian porter on the train who wants to get out of that lifestyle, and has a sexual fling with Jack.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated dramedy. Profanity consists of at least 11 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is the beginning of a sexual encounter (kissing, nuzzling, and the apparent manual stimulation of a woman just below the camera shot). Partial nudity (a woman's bare butt) and shirtless men are seen in other scenes.

    An accident results in the death of a village boy (thus generating tense family material, while other bits of that exist between the three estranged brothers), while there's some brief fighting (played for laughs), and a cobra gets loose in a train compartment (also played for laughs, but potentially unsettling for those who don't like snakes). Some of that violence has bloody results, and a man's face shows dried, but still bad looking cuts on his face from something that occurred before the story begins.

    Various characters drink and/or smoke, while the three brothers repeatedly ingest painkillers and cough syrup for the sedative/calming effect. That and other behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate, while various bad attitudes are present (including a woman cheating on her boyfriend).

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some brief flicker from lit torches at night.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are various instances of rapid sweep panning of the camera, and there's some bouncy camerawork from time to time.

    The following entries are from a short film, "Hotel Chevalier," that reportedly will not play with the main film in theaters, but will be available on the Internet and then later on the DVD release:

  • We see a TV screen that shows three covered bodies on the ground (we only see their shoes, and no blood, etc.).
  • Jack's ex-girlfriend (played by Natalie Portman) arrives at his hotel room. They end up passionately kissing while standing, and he then removes her shoes or boots as she lies on a bed. She asks if he's slept with anyone and he says no, followed by asking her the same. She pauses before saying no, and he comments on that. She then stands, he sits on the bed, and removes her pants and panties, revealing her bare butt as she stands before him (and he kisses her belly). They then get on the bed with him on top, but all we see is a head and shoulders shot, and she says, "If we f*ck I'm gonna feel like sh*t tomorrow." She then removes her top and lies back on top of him again, and we briefly see a partial bare breast view as well as her bare back. After presumed sex, we see her standing fully nude, partially leaning over something. We see her full rear nudity, but the positioning of her arm blocks a view of her bare breast. He then puts a robe around her.
  • Jack's girlfriend nearly always has a toothpick in her mouth.
  • Jack orders Bloody Marys for his girlfriend and himself.
  • Jack's girlfriend has a bruise on her thigh and one on her arm.
  • A song has a line about a topless swimsuit for an even tan, includes the phrase "give a damn," and mentions brandy.

  • ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • The three brothers drink, and then exchange and share painkillers and strong cough syrup.
  • Francis places painkiller drops in drinks for all three brothers.
  • Jack takes more cough syrup, and Francis tells him that's a dumb way to get "loaded."
  • Miscellaneous people have champagne.
  • Francis tells his brothers they should get high and we then see them doing more painkiller drops and cough syrup.
  • We see liquor on the shelves of an airport store, and then Francis pours liquor into cups for his brothers and himself.
  • A woman has a Bloody Mary drink.
  • Francis tells his brothers they should go get a drink and smoke a cigarette.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Francis has bandages around his head, some on his face, and a black eye from a previous accident.
  • Francis removes a fake tooth to eat his meal.
  • A non-photo realistic painting shows a bloody man.
  • Peter throws Francis' belt back at him, hitting him in the face, bloodying his nose.
  • Some local boys try to pull themselves across a fast-moving river via a platform and some ropes. But the ropes break, spilling the boys into the river. The three brothers then jump in to rescue them, but the platform flips over with Peter on it, and Jack then runs along the river until he sees a bloodied Peter (face, neck and chest) carrying a dead child (who died hitting the rocks -- not seen).
  • We see several views of a dead boy, but beyond being dead, there's nothing bloody or gory.
  • Francis removes the bandages from his head and we see various old and dried, but still bad looking cuts on his forehead and face.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Francis orders food for his brothers rather than give them the chance to pick something for themselves, and treats them the same way in other matters.
  • When Francis sits down for a shoeshine, the boy there takes his shoe and runs off.
  • Peter says that there's been too much "Indian giving" over the years in their family.
  • Rita admits that she's breaking up with her boyfriend (meaning she cheated on him by having sex with Jack).
  • After being kicked off the train for their behavior, the brothers throw rocks at it as it departs.
  • Racing to get to a funeral, the brothers curse at a tow truck driver when they cut him off.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • We see a small cobra in a glass cage, and after Peter buys and brings it onboard the train, he later reports that it's escaped. All three men race out of their sleeping compartment, with a porter then going in and catching the snake (we just see him walk out carrying it). This is played for comedy, but those afraid of snakes might find it unsettling.
  • Some local boys try to pull themselves across a fast-moving river via a platform and some ropes. But the ropes break, spilling the boys into the river. The three brothers then jump in to rescue them, but the platform flips over with Peter on it, and Jack then runs along the river until he sees a bloodied Peter (face, neck and chest) carrying a dead child (who died hitting the rocks -- not seen).
  • There's talk of a man-eating tiger around a village, but there aren't any tense scenes with that.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see a miscellaneous boy holding a pistol (we don't know if it's real or not).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "What the f*ck /is going on/is this?" "If we f*ck, I'm going to feel like sh*t tomorrow," "Did you just f*ck that Indian girl?" "F*ck the itinerary," "Tell 'em to go f*ck themselves," "F*ck no," "That sounds like bullsh*t to me," "Could she be gas-lighting you?" "Give a damn," "That's a dumb way to get loaded," "Look at those assholes" and "Watch it, asshole."
  • Some of the goofy/quirky/eccentric behavior that occurs in the film might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • The three brothers drink, and then exchange and share painkillers and strong cough syrup.
  • Rita shows some bare midriff while wearing traditional Indian garb.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song uses the term "give a damn."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 11 "f" words (3 used sexually, as is the phrase "did it"), 5 "s" words, 3 asses (all used with "hole"), 2 damns, and 1 use each of "G-damn," "God" and "Jesus."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • About Rita, Jack says, "I want that stewardess" (meaning sexually).
  • Jack and Rita passionately make out against a wall, with her top partially coming down (nothing is seen as this is a head and shoulders shot). He also nuzzles her neck and then licks his finger that he apparently puts down to her crotch (we don't see the touch, but do see and hear her pleasured reaction). Sex is implied. Later, when Jack returns, Francis asks, "Did you just f*ck that Indian girl?"
  • We see Peter in his boxers.
  • When Rita refuses to allow Jack to kiss her, he says, "But we already did it" (sex). We then see a reflection of her in the mirror where her clothing is open in the back and we see her bare back and the very top of her bare butt.
  • We see Peter shirtless as he shaves.
  • We briefly see Jack shirtless as he changes shirts.
  • We see a miscellaneous, shirtless man in a river.
  • Reciting part of his story (from the short film that precedes the main one -- see the special section under "Our Word to Parents"), Jack says the following line of dialogue: "If we f*ck, I'm going to feel like sh*t tomorrow."
  • SMOKING
  • Jack smokes at least 7 times, Peter, Rita, and Francis each smoke several times, and there's miscellaneous smoking.
  • Francis tells his brothers they should go get a drink and smoke a cigarette.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that the brothers haven't spoken to each other for a year.
  • Peter states that he expects to get divorced at some point (due to the way he and his brothers were raised).
  • Francis tells his brothers that they're actually on their way to see their long lost mother. He reports that he hired a detective who discovered that she's now a nun living near the Himalayas.
  • Peter throws Francis' belt back at him, hitting him in the face, bloodying his nose. Francis then rushes Peter and they struggle and fall to the floor where some elbowing also occurs. Jack then sprays pepper spray onto his brothers to make them stop, and then does so again as they chase him through the train.
  • Francis receives a message from their mom that now is not a good time to visit (thus, they all think she's blowing them off).
  • A village father grieves over his son's death, is then seen bathing the body preparing for the funeral, and we then see the funeral (that seems to include a funeral pyre, but no view of the body in that).
  • We see a flashback to the three brothers headed for their father's funeral, but we don't ever see them get there.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • We hear that the brothers haven't spoken to each other for a year.
  • Francis wanting to have a spiritual journey to connect the brothers back together again.
  • Peter states that he expects to get divorced at some point (due to the way he and his brothers were raised).
  • Funeral rites in other countries.
  • The brothers taking painkillers and cough syrup for the sedative effect.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Peter throws Francis' belt back at him, hitting him in the face, bloodying his nose. Francis then rushes Peter and they struggle and fall to the floor where some elbowing also occurs. Jack then sprays pepper spray onto his brothers to make them stop, and then does so again as they chase him through the train. Jack then runs face-first into a glass door, shattering it (all of that's played for quirky comedy).
  • After being kicked off the train for their behavior, the brothers throw rocks at it as it departs.
  • Some local boys try to pull themselves across a fast-moving river via a platform and some ropes. But the ropes break, spilling the boys into the river. The three brothers then jump in to rescue them, but the platform flips over with Peter on it, and Jack then runs along the river until he sees a bloodied Peter (face, neck and chest) carrying a dead child (who died hitting the rocks -- not seen).



  • Reviewed September 18, 2007 / Posted October 12, 2007

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