Jasper Jones (2017) Friday, 10 April 2020

Jasper Jones (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Better than wearing a hat made of spiders.

  • Starring:

    Levi Miller, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Angourie Rice, Matt Nable, Kevin Long, Dan Wyllie, Myles Pollard, Aaron L. McGrath

  • Directed by:

    Rachel Perkins

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide. People are punched, shoved, racially vicitmised, slapped, headlocked, beaten by police (implied), tackled, held at gunpoint. A woman smashes a cup of tea out of another woman's hands. Men tear up a garden bed in anger. A boy whacks a beetle. Burning house (arson implied). Arguing, shouting, screaming. Murder, abduction, hanging discussed. Stories heard of woman being hung up and bled out, teen girl being sexually abused/struck by her father. A newspaper headline reads "6 killed in bloody skirmish". Fireworks sound like gunshots. Blood/gore: Hanging corpse with bloodied/bruised face. Corpse weighted down with rock then sunk. Bloody faces, eye, mouth, face, scratch. Bruising. Man covered in soot. Blood on floor, blood on bed mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, hand holding. Infidelity. Boys in singlets, boy in bath (no nudity seen). Unwanted pregnancy/incest mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, bloody, boobies, fart, penises, p*ss. Name-calling (irritating, bugger, idiot, stupid, pig, Cong, yellow-skinned, bastard, red rat, liar, etc). Religious exclamations (Jesus, Jesus Christ).

  • THEMES:

    Death, missing persons, suicide, infidelity, books, writing, secrets, accessories to crime, police investigation, rural towns, 1960s Western Australia, racism, cricket, curfews, search parties, family.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Missing sibling, dead sister. Dead mother (car accident), dead son (Vietnam War), dead wife/grandmother mentioned. Full moon, dogs, flies, beetle, light plane, fireworks. Spitting, farting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Engaging, fleet, funny, suspenseful. Complex/standout/brilliant/strong performances, excellent cast, good story, rich widescreen cinematography, persuasive score, unusually dark subject matter, impeccable costumes and production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Screenplay feels a little incohesive at times.

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