Hail, Caesar!

Theatrical Release: February 5, 2016
Hail, Caesar!


A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.

Dove Review

“Hail, Caesar!” is an original — there is nothing else like it in theaters these days. It calls back to a lost time in Hollywood when studio heads fixed problems on movies, including keeping their stars out of the wrong kind of headlines. In this case, Josh Brolin is the man in charge of keeping things moving ahead smoothly. He plays studio mogul Eddie Mannix, and his role includes keeping DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johannson) out of the news when she winds up pregnant out of wedlock, a stigma during this period in the ’50s. He also deals with one of his leading men, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), being kidnapped by a group of writers who want a ransom paid for all the money they feel the studio heads have swindled them out of over the years. Whitlock has been making a movie similar to “Ben-Hur.”

The movie features a group of sailors in a dance number, which Burt Gurney (Channing Tatum) leads, and Whitlock tells stories about Danny Kaye. The film has an older “glory of Hollywood” feel to it. However, the laughs are sporadic. The film has some genuinely funny moments and some other gags that tank. Also, a Jewish man gets into an argument with some Catholic priests over whether or not Jesus is divine, and the scene is as much irreverent as it is unnecessary. One character asks if God had children like He would have a dog or a collie. A lot of viewers’ funny bones will not be tickled. It’s simply a moment of poor taste in the film.

At any rate, despite featuring several stars such as Johan Hill, Ralph Fiennes, and Tilda Swinton, the film fails in the area of language, as there are several strong profanities included in the movie. As a result, we cannot award “Hail Caesar!” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An innuendo about masturbation; a comment about an act of sodomy between two men; an actress is pregnant and is not sure who the father is; a man says he's never woken up in a strange place without a "broad" next to him.
Language: GD-2; G forsaken-1; JC-1; Ch*ist-1; Good Lord-1; D-5; H-4; A-3; Da*mit-1; S.O.B.-1; Slang for testicles-1; Idiot-1; Cow-1; Louse-1
Violence: Bloody feet of men shown on cross during the filming of a movie; studio exec smacks a man across the face several times; a woman is slapped a couple of times; a Roman uses a whip on characters in a movie, but the scene is not graphic.
Drugs: Several scenes of drinking, including beer, wine and a martini; a man is drunk; a lot of cigarette-smoking scenes; pipe smoking; cigar smoking; a comment about a man with a narcotics background.
Nudity: Women in swimwear; cleavage; man's legs shown in Roman costume; statues, in the filming of the Roman movie, have breasts, and their rears are shown.
Other: Tension between characters; a discussion about Christ, and one man says he doesn't believe He was God; a woman has been divorced a few times.


Company: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter