I don't know if this movie is suppose to be a spoof of life or a bad period peace film.
The film follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet.
From the brilliant mind who bough us such great movies like: Juno and Up in the air, Jason Reitman who is best at period peace films and letting the character's carry the film on their own backs, so what happened here?. How did this movie turn out messy. It had a great idea, great story and a brilliant writer behind it and the film could be really good, but no the writing this time is actually pretty awful. Men, Women & Children feels a miss opportunity of being great.
It's good to see Adam Sandler in a role that doesn't need him to be goofy, over the top and straight up embarrassing. I sawed Mr. Sandler in many different roles in his past career and in this movie he plays like Lester Burnham from American Beauty, you know his world around him feels unbalance, he starts looking at other women for love because his wife doesn't like him any more so basically his like Lester a little bit. Sandler did okay of what he's got in this movie and so dose the other cast in the movie.
But the writing in this movie is really off and what I mean is this movie is trying to basic show social media today and how people are so glued to their screens on their phones or computers, but in this movie it didn't work because everybody is so cardboard cut out that I didn't give a fuss about them and the message in the story itself.
The directing is really off as well. Yes there was some really good shots in the movie, but i think the director took a lot of bad risk that made the movie go blah.
Overall Men, Women & Children feels like a big miss step of being a great movie. A lot of things didn't work in this film and when they are parts that do show greatness it just get's over shadow by left over crap from a other bad film.