Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, Juno and Thank You for Smoking were very good, Men, Women and Children is not. Like all of his movies, it is interesting, well-done and even thought-provoking.
What it isn’t is complete.
A cast consisting of Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort and others have men having affairs, women having affairs, a woman pushing her daughter into an adult world, another spying on her daughter and controlling her every move. A boy with no hope sees the universe as a vast empty space but loves the controlled girl who seems to understand him.
And on it goes. The first half of the film is terrific and shows the shallowness of teen relationships, lifestyles and how they text and sext rather than interact. Ultimately Reitman packs too much into a plot as thin and shallow as its characters.