The Girl on the Train (2016) Tuesday, 07 April 2020

The Girl on the Train (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Blunt falls off the wagon.

  • Starring:

    Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramírez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein, Lisa Kudrow

  • Directed by:

    Tate Taylor

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are bludgeoned, thrown to the ground, pushed, slapped, hair-grabbed, head-smashed, hit with objects, followed, mouth-grabbed, shirt-grabbed, stabbed, glassed, stomped on, dragged, strangled. People have smoke/water blown/thrown in their faces. A story is told of a baby drowning (wrapped corpse/burial seen). Objects thrown/smashed, broken mirror. Screaming, yelling. Homicide, smashing a woman's head on the floor, partially decomposed body, blunt force trauma mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bloody heads, hair, hands, fingernails, faces, clothing, ground; spurting blood. Object protruding from flesh. Cemetery. Abortion mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couples have sex in bedrooms, outdoors, in the kitchen, in the shower. Masturbation. Fully nude men, women, baby (rear, side and top views - genitals obscured). People in baths, showers, underwear; shirtless man, cleavage. Kissing, breast-grabbing, finger-sucking, undressing. A story is told of a woman falling pregnant/giving birth at the age of 17. Kissing thighs, holding breasts mentioned. Infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, spirits, cocktails, wine). Intoxication, alcoholism, bar settings. AA meeting. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Derogatory term for women (whore). Religious exclamations (what the hell).

  • THEMES:

    Exes, alcoholism, murder, betrayal, infidelity, obsessions, therapy, intoxication, memory, blackouts, missed calls, abusive relationships, domestic violence, voyeurism, self-loathing, infertility, the other woman, self-defense, sketching.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Wife/neighbour, husband/father killed. Dead brother, dead parents, job loss, abortion mentioned. Funeral, burial scenes. Toilet, pregnancy test. Brief Spanish (no translation). Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Tense, voyeuristic, sexy, brutal, engaging. Enigmatic/effective/terrific/broken/excellent/convincing performance by Emily Blunt, acerbic/appealling performance by Allison Janney, extraordinary musical score, reasonably faithful to the Paula Hawkins novel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    So-so, unconvincing, repetitive, ungripping, disappointing, lukewarm, predictable, contrived, one-dimensional, clichéd, tedious, flimsy, unsuspenseful, sloppy. Dour/undimensional/humourless/sullen characters, bland script, boring/crummy/pinched visuals, some amateurish direction, camp climax.

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