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MPA Rating:for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.

Reviewed by:Alexander Malsan

Offensive to Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
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Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 7, 2019 (festival)
November 27, 2019 (wide release)
DVD: February 25, 2020

Wealthy crime novelists

85th birthday party held in hopes of reuniting a DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY

Family relationships

Motives for murder

Continual use of profane and vulgar language

Illegal entry into a country

Last will and testament


About death

About lying

The sin of greed


About the fall of mankind to worldwide depravity


Featuring:Daniel Craig … Detective Benoit Blanc
Ana de Armas … Marta Cabrera—Harlan’s nurse and caretaker
Christopher Plummer … Harlan Thrombey
K Callan … Wanetta “Great Nana” Thrombey—Harlan’s mother
Michael Shannon … Walter “Walt” Thrombey—Harlan’s youngest son
Riki Lindhome … Donna Thrombey—Harlan’s daughter-in-law and Walt’s wife
Toni Collette … Joni Thrombey—Harlan’s daughter-in-law
Katherine Langford … Megan “Meg” Thrombey—Harlan’s granddaughter, Joni and Neil’s daughter
Jaeden Martell … Jacob Thrombey—Harlan’s grandson, Walt and Donna’s son
Jamie Lee Curtis … Linda Drysdale—Harlan’s eldest daughter and Richard’s wife
Don Johnson … Richard Drysdale—Harlan’s son-in-law and Linda’s husband
Chris Evans … Hugh “Ransom” Drysdale—Harlan’s grandson, Linda and Richard's son
LaKeith Stanfield … Lieutenant Elliott
Edi Patterson … Fran
Frank Oz … Alan Stevens—attorney
M. Emmet Walsh … Mr. Proofroc
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Director:Rian Johnson—“Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi” (2017), “Looper” (2012), “Brick” (2005)
Media Rights Capital (MRC)
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Lions Gate entertainment Corp. (Lionsgate)

Happy Birthday Harlan! Famed mystery writer Harlan Thrombley is turning 85 this year! And what better way for him to spend his birthday than with his family at his mansion in Massachusets.

The next morning, however, the family awakes to a startling revelation… Harlan is dead. The police state that he killed himself in his study, but no one really quite knows the reason why. So obviously the police start questioning the members of the family. There’s Walter Thrombley, in charge of all the management and decision making on behalf of Harlan’s publishing company. There’s Meg Thrombley, Harlan’s granddaughter. Then there’s Jacob Thrombley, who everyone says is the odd one in the family, so maybe he had something to do with Harlan killing himself. The list continues: Joni, the daughter-in-law, Linda, and the one who is ALWAYS either fashionably late or absent entirely, Hugh Drysdale. And then there’s Marta, Harlan’s nurse, but really, she’s couldn’t harm a fly. Phew!

As the police, and private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), question everyone, Blanc states that the family’s stories just don’t add up. He declares that someone knows exactly what happened to Harlan and that Harlan’s death was NOT a suicide, but, in fact, a murder.

With everyone’s suspicions raised and tensions rising, it’s only a matter of time before someone breaks, and when they do, there’s no telling what might happen.

The game is afoot!

Truth be told, I had been anticipating “Knives Out” for quite some time now. The last murder mystery film I reviewed, a couple years back, was “Murder on the Orient Express.” Like “Knives Out,” “Murder on the Orient Express” also included an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Williem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Judi Dench, to name a few) which provided strength to the story-telling. While “Murder on the Orient Express” was, indeed, a brilliant film, the plot was far too complicated, and the pacing moved too quickly to keep up with what was going on in the story, which detracted from my overall appreciation of the film.

I say all of this because “Knives Out” does what “Murder on the Orient Express” did not. It eliminated the confusion, while maintaining the quality of filmmaking. I did not, at any time, feel the pacing was lethargic or tedious. Initially, I feared that with number of characters in the Thrombley family (10 excluding Harlan, the nurse Marta and the Grandmother I failed to mention), and their backstories and interactions with Harlan prior to his death would overwhelm the plot. While this is the case for about the first 20 minutes or so, the stories of each of the characters start to align with the film better, and the confusion evaporated.

This film is not flawless. There are two relatively major issues: language and politics.

The language is abrasive, crass, and pretty much all unnecessary, especially the sexual dialog. There are political conversations (and some innuendos) that attack those who support legal immigration. In my view, it is very apparent that the film mocks those who support legal immigration and legal immigration enforcement. One conversation even occurs between family members regarding Marta and her mother’s immigration status and how they could deport her because they came into the country illegally, even though they always treated her like family (to state anymore about the conversation would give away major spoilers). Every time I heard another political conversation I couldn’t help but let out an, “Uggg” under my breath. I’ve ranted about this before, but I’ll say it once again… Hollywood, keep politics out of the movies. This film didn’t need it.

Objectionable Material

Violence: Moderately Heavy. Harlan is shown deceased with his throat sliced open (not a spoiler). A character is given a lethal injection. A character is seen slicing their own throat. We see a statue of a boy with a decapitated head in his hand. A family is threatened with deportation if they don’t cooperate. There is a scene where a building is on fire (we see the same building on fire in a later scene). Someone is seen asphyxiating on methamphetamines. Someone suffocates on chloroform, and is injected with morphine. Someone attempts to stab someone.

Profanity: Very Heavy— “J*sus” (6), “G*d-d*mn” (7), “Oh L*rd,” OMG (4), “For God’s sake,” “My G*d,” “Oh G*d,” “H*ly sh*t!”, “H*ll” (6), “d*mn” (5)

Vulgarity/Crude Conversations: “F**k” (2), “pr*ck” (1), “boning,” “boinking” (1), “having sex with my grandpa,” “Nazi child masturbating in the bathroom,” an obscene gesture, “sh*t” (24), “eat sh*t” (6), “that vile sh*t,” “dip-sh*t,” “sh*t-talking,” “bullsh*t,” “a**hole” (9), “a**” (4), “b*tch” (3), SOB (2), “b*stard”

Other questionable and inappropriate conversations include discussions about how people are murdered, calling someone “the help” based on the color of their skin and their ethnic heritage, two conversations about marijuana, and the phrase “up your a**” being used.

Sex/Sexual Dialog: Moderately Heavy. There are two incredibly inappropriate conversations about a young girl having sex with Harlan. A man is pictured kissing another woman (he is cheating on his wife). There is also an inappropriate discussion about a young boy self-pleasuring (he is later seen on the toilet with a magazine).

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Alcohol: There are multiple scenes where characters are seen drinking (at parties, by themselves, etc.).

Drugs: Characters are seen smoking marijuana in one scene (brief). There are several scenes in which characters are seen smoking cigarettes.

Other: There are a few tasteless jokes about people of different ethnicities. This film also has a clear political message and mocks those who are for illegal immigration reform. A woman is seen meditating. A girl is seen vomiting a few times (no vomit is actually shown), but in one scene she actually vomits on someone.


In the second half of the film, one of the central themes that the film focuses on is greed.

The Bible is very clear. Money is NOT the root of all evil. The LOVE of movie is the root of all evil. The love of money (greed) causes sinful thoughts to enter our hearts and minds and to guide our lives, as we never have enough and can never be fully whole, as opposed to finding fulfillment in the One who created us, Jesus Christ. Here is what Scripture tells us about Money before God:

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“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” -Matthew 6:24

“He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteousness shall flourish as the green leaf.” —Proverbs 11:28

Our riches, our real treasure should be what we do and believe in God’s Holy name:

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” —1 Timothy 6:17-19

Final Thoughts

If you were to set aside all the language, violence and politics, you’d have a pretty amazing film. Stellar performances, fine cinematography and plenty of humorous moments make for a very different, yet intriguing, take on the average mystery.

However, the content is still there, and that’s unfortunate because it really wasn’t needed. I hope there comes a day when Hollywood will clean up its act. I cannot recommend “Knives Out” due to the content listed. What a shame.

  • Profane language: Very Heavy
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Moderately Heavy
  • Sex: Moderately Heavy
  • Drugs/Alcohol: Moderately Heavy
  • Violence: Moderate
  • Occult: Minor
  • Nudity: None

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See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

Positive—In reference to the critic’s complaint about the inclusion of politics in this murder mystery story: the politics, as presented in this film, are less about Hollywood sticking it to its audience and more about highlighting the Thrombey family’s hypocrisy. It’s not about “liberal vs. Conservative;” it is making a point about people who hold certain views (rightly or wrongly) and yet don’t actually care about the people whom their views affect. The family members presume because they come from money and status (all due to their father’s hard work and generosity) that this makes them better than everyone else. But they are wrong. See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Positive—We went to see this movie last night (parents only). I was engaged and on the edge of my seat the whole movie. It moves fast. One of the few films I couldn’t figure out completely before the end.
There is some language, but the movie was great. Would recommend as an adult date night movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
Neutral—…my family went to see this on a crowded Thanksgiving weekend, and the movie had everything—a good mystery, a few good laughs and thick plot—very interesting. HOWEVER this was wrongly marketed. It’s marketed as a fun film for the whole family. Well about five minutes into the movie YOU find out this isn’t the case. There is profanity THROUGHOUT the movie and even some with the Lord’s name involved. However, IF you can get passed that, it’s a wonderful movie—just all together too much profanity for your average Christian to take, but if you can, it’s wondeful
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Negative—After watching the movie I recalled some mention of the word Nazi, yet with no reference to anti-Semitism. This troubles me since it minimizes the tragedy of the Holocaust era. At the present time, I believe there is a rise in antisemitic terror and also persecution against Christianity. The reason to me is obvious, it is because of the Jewish background of Jesus and his belief in Scripture as truth (John 10:35). My wife missed the references in the movie, and I admit I cannot remember them clearly, so if you know of them (any mention of Nazi or Hitler), please post or contact me.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Directed byRenny Harlin
Produced by
  • Renny Harlin
Written byShane Black
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyGuillermo Navarro
Edited by
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65 million
Box office$89.5 million

The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 American spyactionthriller film co-produced and directed by Renny Harlin, and produced by Shane Black and Stephanie Austin with screenplay written by Black. The film, starring Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Amandes, Yvonne Zima, Brian Cox, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko and David Morse, follows an amnesiatic schoolteacher who sets out on a journey to find out who she is with the help of a private detective until they discover a dark conspiracy.

Released by New Line Cinema on October 11, 1996, The Long Kiss Goodnight grossed almost $90 million against a budget of $65 million, losing money for the studio, but gained a strong cult following.[1][2]



Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a schoolteacher in small-town Honesdale, Pennsylvania, living with her boyfriend Hal (Tom Amandes) and her daughter Caitlin (Yvonne Zima). Eight years earlier, she was found washed ashore on a New Jersey beach, pregnant with Caitlin and totally amnesiatic. Having never remembered her real name, 'Samantha' has hired a number of ineffective private investigators to discover her past, the latest being a lowlife named Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson). During the Christmas holidays, Samantha is involved in a car accident and suffers a brief concussion; when she recovers, she finds she possesses skills with a knife that she cannot explain. Shortly thereafter, the family home is broken into by 'One-Eyed Jack' (Joseph McKenna), a convict who escaped from jail after seeing Samantha's face on television. Samantha demonstrates her fighting prowess by killing Jack bare-handed. Worried that she poses a danger to Hal and Caitlin, Samantha leaves with Mitch, who has found a suitcase belonging to her, to seek out answers.


The suitcase contains a note directing them to Dr. Nathan Waldman (Brian Cox). They arrange to meet at a train station, unaware that government agents are tapping the doctor's calls. En route, Samantha discovers the bottom of the suitcase contains a disassembled sniper rifle which she can expertly reassemble, along with other weapons. When Samantha and Mitch go to meet Waldman at the station, they are attacked by a team of agents who shoot numerous bystanders, but the two escape with Waldman's help. The doctor informs Samantha that she is really an expert CIA assassin, Charlene Elizabeth 'Charly' Baltimore, who had disappeared eight years prior. Unsure if they can trust Waldman, Samantha and Mitch leave him behind and seek another contact named on a note in the suitcase, Luke (David Morse), believing he may be Charly's fiancé.

Waldman catches up with them and tries to warn them that Luke is actually Charly's last assassination target, 'Daedalus'. However, Luke kills Dr. Waldman, then straps Samantha to a waterwheel and tortures her by repeatedly submerging her in cold water. After being tortured, she is finally jolted into remembering her past life. Samantha frees herself, kills Luke, and escapes with Mitch. Samantha completes her physical transformation back to Charly, cutting her hair and dying it platinum blonde. Charly realizes that her 'Samantha Caine' personality was a cover to get near to Daedalus eight years earlier.

A psychological-operations specialist named Timothy (Craig Bierko), with whom Charly once had a romantic relationship, kidnaps Caitlin. Charly and Mitch learn about Daedalus' involvement in 'Project Honeymoon', which she disrupted on her mission, resulting in One-Eyed Jack's incarceration; 'Project Honeymoon' was intended to be a false flag chemical bomb detonation in Niagara Falls, planned by the CIA in an attempt to blame Islamic terrorists and secure more funding. Charly realizes that Timothy and a new group is plotting to restage the attack, led by CIA Director Leland Perkins (Patrick Malahide). In Niagara Falls, where Timothy has taken Caitlin, he captures Mitch and Charly. She tells Timothy that he is Caitlin's biological father and implores him not to hurt their daughter, but Timothy locks Charly and Caitlin in a freezer to kill them.

Charly and Caitlin break out of the freezer by detonating barrels of kerosene and then freeing Mitch, who helps Charly attack the staging area. This forces Timothy to launch the attack early; meanwhile, Caitlin locks herself in a cage on the truck carrying the bomb. Charly chases the truck, overpowers its driver, diverts it from a Christmas parade, and overturns it on the Niagara Falls International Bridge leading to Canada. Charly frees Caitlin but they cannot get away from the bomb, which is about to explode, as Timothy and his agents attack them from a helicopter. Mitch suddenly arrives in a car, picking up Charly and Caitlin and entering Canada just before the bomb explodes, which kills Timothy and his forces and destroys the bridge.

In an epilogue, Charly has returned to her assumed identity of Samantha Caine, moving with Caitlin and Hal to a remote farmhouse and declining an offer from the president to join the state department (which could imply rejoining the CIA). Mitch enjoys the publicity attracted by his role in the crisis and is interviewed by Larry King on television about Perkins, who was indicted for treason.


  • Geena Davis as Agent Charlene Elizabeth 'Charly' Baltimore / Samantha Caine
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Mitch Henessey
  • Patrick Malahide as CIA Assistant Director Leland Perkins
  • Craig Bierko as Timothy
  • Brian Cox as Dr. Nathan Waldman
  • David Morse as Luke Daedalus
  • Joseph McKenna as One-Eyed Jack
  • G. D. Spradlin as President
  • Tom Amandes as Hal
  • Yvonne Zima as Caitlin Caine
  • Edwin Hodge as Todd Henessey
  • Sharon Washington as Fran Henessey
  • Melina Kanakaredes as Trin
  • Alan North as Earl
  • Gladys O'Connor as Alice Waldman, Nathan's sister
  • Gerry Bamman as Agent
  • Robert Thomas as Agent In Alley
  • Shawn Doyle as Detective Donlevy, fake bum cop
  • Rex Linn as Man Caught In Bed
  • Larry King as Himself


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New Line Cinema paid a record $4 million for Shane Black's script.[3]

In an early cut of the film, Mitch Henessey dies, but during a test screening, an audience member shouted: 'You can't kill Sam Jackson!' Harlin accordingly changed the final cut so that Jackson's character survives.[4]

On February 27, 1996, during filming at the 127-year-old Windermere House in Ontario, Canada, a fire broke out, leaving only the stone verandah intact.[5] There was speculation that the fire was caused by high-intensity lighting;[6] however, it may have been a short circuit. Filming at the time of the fire was being carried out on the ice-covered lake, whilst the house was lit from the inside so as to be seen in the background of the shots.[7] It is unknown whether the fire was directly associated with filming, but the building was otherwise closed for winter.[8] Ironically, some of the scenes they were meant to shoot at that location involved fire, but the fire prevented the remaining scenes from being shot there. Film crews helped to evacuate nearby homes, although the fire did not spread beyond the one building.[9]


Box office[edit]

In the film's opening release, it grossed $9,065,363 from 2,245 theaters, placing third for the films that released that weekend. In the United States and Canada, the film grossed $33,447,612. Internationally it earned $56,009,149 for a total worldwide gross of $89,456,761.[10]

Renny Harlin blamed the film’s poor performance on confusing advertising, but Shane Black wondered whether it might have been more successful if it were about a man: 'It might have made more money, they told me, but it had to be a woman. The lead had to be female.' It has also been suggested that the film's poor advertising campaign and lukewarm reception amongst critics may have been carry-over effect from Renny Harlin and Geena Davis's previous collaboration, Cutthroat Island, which was released just 10 months earlier, and became one of the biggest box office bombs of all time.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

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The Long Kiss Goodnight received mainly positive reviews. It holds a 70% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews. The site's consensus states: 'Smart, sharp-witted, and fueled by enjoyably over-the-top action, The Long Kiss Goodnight makes up in impact what it lacks in consistent aim.'[12] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a median grade of 'A−' on an A+ to F scale.[13]

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Christine James, from Boxoffice, gave the film 3 and a half out of 5 stars, calling it 'a lot of fun', but believing that there were some weaknesses in the script.[14]Roger Ebert gave the film 2 and a half out of 4 stars, stating, 'I admired it as an example of craftsmanship, but what a lot of time and money to spend on something of no real substance.'[15]

In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films.[16]The Long Kiss Goodnight was listed at 82nd place on this list.[17]

Samuel L. Jackson has stated that The Long Kiss Goodnight is his favorite movie to watch which he has been in.[18]

Of all the films he’s made, Renny Harlin says The Long Kiss Goodnight is his favourite: ”It is definitely. For me its just very simple. Its a movie that had a really good screenplay which meant that I was able to get really good actors and its always challenging to make a movie but it sure makes it easier when you have a good screenplay like in that one. When you have characters that are complex and you have good drama, and have some humour, and some good action, you kind of have all the ingredients. When you have that you dont even need some crazy special effects you just need to let the characters do their thing. It was a great experience.”[19]


Originally, the last page of Black's original 1994 script stated that there would be a sequel called The Kiss After Lightning, which never happened.

A possible sequel has been in the works since 2007,[20] but nothing definite had been reported as of 2020.


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  3. ^'Robert Shaye'. Daily Variety (61st anniversary ed.). January 12, 1995. p. 28.
  4. ^Jordan, Pat (April 26, 2012). 'How Samuel L. Jackson Became His Own Genre'. The New York Times.
  5. ^'History'. Windermere House. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  6. ^'Up in Flames: The History of Fire in Muskoka Region'. Virtual Museum. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  7. ^Phillips, Paige (February 26, 2016). ''I can't believe it's been 20 years''. Huntsville Forester.
  8. ^Brennan, Judy (March 1, 1996). 'Windermere Fire Apparently Won't Affect 'The Long Kiss''. Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^'A piece of Muskoka gone'. Bracebridge Weekender. March 1, 1996.
  10. ^'The Long Kiss Goodnight'. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  11. ^Page, Priscilla (June 2, 2016). 'The Spy And The Private Eye And THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT'. Birth. Movies. Death.
  12. ^The Long Kiss Goodnight Rotten Tomatoes profile
  13. ^'CinemaScore'.
  14. ^James, Christine (2008-08-01). 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'. Boxoffice. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05.
  15. ^Ebert, Roger (1996-10-11). 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'.
  16. ^'The 100 best action movies'. Time Out. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  17. ^'The 100 best action movies: 90-81'. Time Out. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
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  20. ^Flynn, Gaynor (2009-03-14). 'Harlin talks Long Kiss Goodnight 2 – Moviehole'. Retrieved 2020-02-27.

Further reading[edit]

  • Heldman, Caroline; Frankel, Laura Lazarus; Holmes, Jennifer (April–June 2016). ''Hot, black leather, whip' The (de)evolution of female protagonists in action cinema, 1960–2014'. Sexualization, Media, and Society. 2 (2): 6. doi:10.1177/2374623815627789.Pdf.
  • Purse, Lisa (2011), 'Return of the 'angry woman': authenticating female physical action in contemporary cinema', in Waters, Melanie (ed.), Women on screen: feminism and femininity in visual culture, Basingstoke New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 185–198, ISBN9780230229655.

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