AppleTV+ Causeway is a slow-paced, hard look at the effects of trauma and the impact of war. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
AppleTV+ Causeway launches on the streaming service this Friday, November 4th. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry and revolves around an injured U.S. Army veteran who’s been sent home to recover. While the film may be a little too slow-paced for some, it takes its time and allows viewers to watch the character development slowly play out, as if they were watching a real-life friend go through the same drama. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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AppleTV+ Causeway Parents Guide
In AppleTV+ Causeway: Lynsey, a U.S. soldier, experiences a traumatic brain injury during her tour in Afghanistan which forces her to return home. She struggles to return to her daily life with her mother as she waits for her eventual redeployment.
AppleTV+ Causeway Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch AppleTV+ Causeway.
Language: Causeway contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, t*ts, and d*mn.
Mature Content: The film revolves around a soldier who was sent home after being in a serious accident. The accident is discussed in detail, but no images of it are shown in the film. There is a brother who is a junkie, and details involving him and drug addiction are discussed. Characters are shown consuming alcohol, smoking cigarettes and pot.
One of the most compelling aspects of AppleTV+’s Causeway are the performances given by Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry, who play two very broken people who have suffered great loss and trauma and are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. The film is character-driven and deliberately takes its time unfolding the mental state each is in as it details their now broken lives and the trauma they are currently dealing with. There is an easy chemistry between Lawrence and Tyree Henry, which makes their characters’ connection feel even more genuine, considering the two have a common bond of tragedy.
AppleTV+s Causeway features the directorial debut of Lila Neugebauer, who is mostly known for her work in theatre. Neugebauer cleverly has the camera linger on the quietest moments of the character, which helps capture the emotional tone of the story and makes a more powerful impact on the audience. This is most noticeable during conversations between the two actors, making viewers feel as if they are watching a real-life conversation between the two, as if audiences are flies on the wall watching intimate moments in the film.
Causeway’s slow-paced movement can feel like a drag at times, but in those moments viewers are also able to take in the film’s location, which is named after the bridge that leads to New Orleans. Other mentions of the city are also given in the film, as are locations that may be easily recognizable to viewers familiar with it. The slow-pace may not be for all viewers and could easily lead some to lose interest in the story, but for those who are looking for a story about a personal portrayal of dealing with trauma and loss, this one will satisfy.