Drama: After her wealthy, cheating husband is sent to prison, a narcissistic socialite moves into her sister's lower middle class apartment and tries to start her life anew.
Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis (CATE BLANCHETT) was once a high-flying socialite of Manhattan thanks to the handsome living earned by her wealthy financier husband, Harold "Hal" Francis (ALEC BALDWIN). Little did she know that not only had he been carrying on various affairs over the years, but he was also bending and ultimately breaking the law in terms of his money dealings. As a result, he went to prison, Jasmine lost everything, and their Harvard son, Danny (ALDEN EHRENEICH), left in a huff.
With no else to turn to, Jasmine arrives in San Francisco to stay with her fellow adopted sister, Ginger (SALLY HAWKINS), a grocery bagger whose home and lifestyle are decidedly well below what Jasmine has been accustomed to. Despite Al squandering the money she and then husband Augie (ANDREW DICE CLAY) won in a lottery years ago, Ginger welcomes her in to her small place where she lives with her two sons and often entertains her current auto mechanic boyfriend, Chili (BOBBY CANNAVALE). Jasmine thinks her sister could do better and has no problem voicing that opinion, especially when intoxicated and popping one Xanax after another.
She eventually but reluctantly gets a receptionist job working for a local dentist, Dr. Flicker (MICHAEL STUHLBARG), all while studying to become an interior designer and hoping to meet a man up to her standards. She believes she finds the right guy in Dwight Westlake (PETER SARSGAARD), a diplomat with political ambitions who she meets at a party where Ginger is similarly swept off her feet by sound engineer Al (LOUIS C.K.). Jasmine believes she's headed back in the right direction of living well, but her drinking, lies and overall mental instability not only threaten that, but also her already tenuous relationship with her sister.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might show some interest, particularly if they're fans of anyone in the cast and/or films by Woody Allen.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For mature thematic material, language and sexual content.
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