Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
U.K. man builds strip-club empire in tragic, mature biopic.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Look of Love follows the life of Paul Raymond, who built an empire of strip clubs, erotic revues, and adult magazines in London in the 1960s and '70s, eventually becoming the United Kingdom's richest man. Expect lots of debauchery, including drinking, hard drugs (people are seen snorting cocaine, and there's a tragic overdose), smoking, sex (including threesomes/other combinations), and nudity. Naked women -- both topless and bottomless -- are seen in many, many scenes, either performing on stage or in Raymond's bedroom. There's also some strong language ("f--king," etc.).
- Families can talk about The Look of Love's main character. What do you think of Paul Raymond as a husband and father? He's devoted to his kids, but is he a good parent?
- How does the movie portray drinking, drugs, and smoking? Are there consequences? Are they realistic?
- What's the movie's attitude toward sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on this topic.
- How does Raymond's behavior affect the other people around him? How accurate do you think the movie is to his life? Why do filmmakers sometimes adjust facts?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Main character Paul Raymond seems determined to prove that he can do whatever he wants, sleep with whomever he wants, drink as much as he wants, and take as many drugs as he wants without affecting the people around him. But he learns a hard lesson, because in the end he doesn't manage to pull it off.
Positive role models: None of the people in this film are particularly positive role models; if anything, they seem like a cautionary tale. There's a father/husband who neglects his family and lets his daughter do whatever she wants. The magazine publisher gets girls hooked on drugs, and an estranged wife turns her son against his father. Even the reverend seems to a bit too interested in the nude female performers at a strip club.
What to watch for
Violence: Some bitter arguments.
Sexy stuff: The main character runs an empire of strip clubs and adult magazines, so sexuality runs throughout the entire film. There are naked women in many, many scenes. Often they're performers on stage, topless and sometimes bottomless. Some sequences also show people having sex, in pairs, trios, and more. Moments that don't include nudity are just as likely to have people talking about sex, strip clubs, nude performances, and other types of erotic entertainment.
Language: Some swearing, including "f--king," "queer," and a few British slang terms, such as "bum" and "fanny."
Consumerism: The main character drives a Rolls Royce all around London, where he often brags about his vast real estate holdings. He likes to throw his money around.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many scenes take place at nightclubs and bars, with people drinking champagne, wine, and stronger drinks. Several people also get heavily into drugs, especially cocaine, and viewers often see them snorting from large piles of white powder. One character dies from a drug overdose. Some people smoke cigarettes (accurate for the movie's setting).