Kill Your Darlings Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Kill Your Darlings

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes and drug use.

  • The pitch:

    Hits the write Beat.

  • Starring:

    Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, John Cullum, Erin Darke

  • Directed by:

    John Krokidas

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

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


    People are pursued, emotionally manipulated, arrested, burned, near-hit with objects, slapped, pushed, shoved, tormented, stabbed repeatedly, murdered, cut. Stabbing and twisting of knife seen in close-up. Hangings seen, suicide attempt mentioned. An animal is near-gassed. Break-and-enter, theft. Precious objects destroyed, smashed. News radio discusses offensive attacks, bombers. Killings, murders discussed (mention of man stabbed, tied up, weighted, drowned). Picture of armed men (rifles); pocket knife. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Floating corpse. People covered in blood, slicing hands, bloody cuts. Hypodermic needle seen piercing skin. Diagrams of brains and muscular system seen. War injuries discussed. Torn guts mentioned.


    Sex scene (male-male). Teen sex implied. Kissing (male-male; female-male), caressing, undressing, flirting, ogling, voyeurism. Masturbation, oral sex, finger-sucking (male). Naked men, shirtless man, naked male bum, man in underwear. Females in bras. Pornographic pictures of female breasts, male genitals, people having sex. Sexual innuendo, explicit language. References to sex acts, genitalia.


    Drug use (heroin, nitrous oxide, cannabis, benzedrine). Hallucinations, drug-induced behaviour. Side effects (drugs) discussed. Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits, shots, flask), intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, marijuana).


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Derogatory references to homosexuals, misogyny, antisemitism. Religious references and exclamations. Sexually explicit language and innuendo.


    Poets, writers, murder, Allen Ginsberg, William s Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, drugs, sex, homosexuality, paranoia, homophobia, World War II, institutionalisation, mental instability, suicide, death, the Beat Generation, muses, literary counterculture, morality, jazz, influence, obsession, sexual awakening, pornography, blood oaths.


    Mother institutionalised, father with new partner, academic probation, school expulsion. Estranged father mentioned. Jail, bar settings. Cat. Vomiting.


    Marvellous, assured, unconventional, complex, satisfying, genuine, substantial, resonant, dark, beautiful, enthralling, striking, evocative, lively, fact-inspired, interesting, coherent, compelling, multifaceted, ambitious, expressive, stylish. Sharply written, outstanding performances, convincing chemistry, startling climax, handsome costumes.


    Worshipful, undernourished, over-emphatic, self-serious, conventional, muddled. Questionable music choices, half-drawn supporting characters.

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