Theatrical Release: January 23, 2015


Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

Dove Review

“Mortdecai” is hit and miss with its comedy. There are times when the jokes and gags don’t really work, but when they do they are laugh-out-loud funny. Two of these feet-tickling moments involve Johnny Depp. In one scene his character, Mortdecai, is cocky and sure of himself during a fencing match, but when his opponent comes on strong, Mortdecai turns and runs. It truly has to be seen to be appreciated. Another funny moment occurs when he escapes from a villain and laughs at him. The villain then drops a crate on him to trap him in it, but when the crate breaks Mortdecai laughs again with a kind of “Ha! Ha!” guffaw. His over-the-top laughter makes for a very funny scene.

Depp is a bit of a chameleon in his roles, and he once again creates a unique character in Mortdecai, an English Lord who has fallen on desperate times. He concocts a plan involving a painting to secure some much-needed cash. A bit of a mystery develops in the plot and Mortdecai winds up traveling to several locations including Russia and Los Angeles. His curled-up handlebar mustache and gap between his front teeth seems to help him truly get into character. A running joke in the movie is that his wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) doesn’t like his mustache and doesn’t want to kiss him until he shaves it off.

Despite some funny moments and Mortdecai’s love for his wife, the content in the sex and language categories proves too much for us to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Unmarried couple has sex; several sexual innuendos; sexual comments including one about intercourse and a man having sex twice with the farmer's daughter; passionate kissing; woman heard making noises and groans during sex; man suspects wife is having an affair but she's not; man's hand seen on woman's clothed breast.
Language: JC-1; G/OG-7; Good Lord-1; Good G-1; F-2; several uses of slang for testicles; comment about a man's mustache looking like female genitalia on man's face; H-2; D-6; B-4; SOB-1; Bloody-5; reference to part of female genitalia-1; Bollocks-1; Maggot-1; Swine-1.
Violence: Lots of slapstick and comedic physical violence including a few people being hit (more than once in some cases) with a car; guns are held on people and a few are shot; woman has arrow in her back with a little blood seen; corpse is shot and some blood is seen; fights including punching and kicking; man breaks street light; cars collide and crash; explosions.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes and bar scenes; mention of vodka and drinking; a few characters are inebriated; wine bottle seen on table and then man pours a drink of it; liquid is poured on shellfish by someone and people get sick.
Nudity: Partial and very quick view from the side of a woman's breast; cleavage in several scenes; shirtless men; husband and wife in bath tub and shoulders seen; woman wears very short skirt; man seen in boxers; woman seen in bra and panties; women in bikinis.
Other: Vomiting including a gross scene in which it is sprayed on a car windshield; tension between characters; deceit.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Eric Aronson
Director: David Koepp
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 106 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter