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)


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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