'Men, Women & Children' portrays Internet's 'idiot generation'

Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:44pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

TORONTO (Reuters) - Adults who should know better engage in plenty of cringeworthy behavior over the Internet in the new film "Men, Women & Children," but director Jason Reitman says don't judge them too harshly.

There's the husband and wife having affairs, one through an escort site and the other through a hookup site, the mother who puts sexualized photos on a website to promote her teen daughter and another mother who strangles her daughter's life with zealous control of her social media.

"We are lost when it comes to this and 100 years from now we will look back and see this moment between 1995 and 2015 when we were just idiots when it came to computers," Reitman told Reuters before premiering the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival.

"We get to be that idiot generation, I guess."

Reitman, a four-time Oscar nominee for "Juno" and "Up in the Air," wanted to explore love, relationships, parenting, what keeps people apart, why they aren't more honest and what happens to their sex lives, rather than the issue of how we deal with the Internet and digital technology.

"The Internet is simply a location," Reitman said, one that people know very well and "that will actually become a seamless entry point to talk about the normal stuff."

'A LITTLE TOO FAR'   Continued...

Director Jason Reitman arrives for the "Men Women & Children" gala at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 6, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch(CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)