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Power Rangers (2017)

Published in P
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:57
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and science fiction violence.

  • The pitch

    Protects the light.

  • Starring

    Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader

  • Directed by

    Dean Israelite

  • Running time

    124 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, drowned, tied up, gagged, thrown through the air/against a wall, shoved, slapped, bullied, headbutted, dragged, levitated, attacked by a witch-creature for their gold-plated teeth, near-choked, punched, tackled, elbowed, flipped, throat-grabbed, crushed under foot, frozen, run through with swords; fist-fighting. A teen boy falls backward off a cliff. Vehicle rollovers/crashes/pursuits; cars crushed/thrown/rammed. Vehicle collision/rollover seen from in-car perspective (crunching metal, cracked windscreen, injured driver, etc). A meteor/a spaceship crash into earth. Explosion, rockslide, exploding glass, shop destroyed. Objects melt/explode/knocked out of a student's hand/smashed/banged with fists/eaten (jewellery)/burned. Fight training/sparring. A photo is cut in half/pinned to a wall with scissors. A girl explains in several scenes how she punched a teen boy's tooth out. A teen boy tries to snap another boy's wrist. Mass panic, invaded town/mass property destruction. A bull is stolen (high school prank). Yelling, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead bodies (slimy alien, bloated human, ashen, decaying). Bloody lips, faces, heads, nose, forehead/hair, knuckles, grazes, cuts, scratches. Veins bulging blue/black beneath skin. Witch's staff made from gold teeth, human jawbone. Dislodged teeth. A man grabs his leg after being shot (implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Hugging. Teen girl in underwear, shirtless teen boys. Several scenes discuss sharing a nude photo of a teen girl. Teen boys joke about having "milked" a bull (bovine masturbation implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Prescription pills consumed. A mother orders her child to "pee in that cup" on suspicion of drug use. Beers in the fridge mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Motherf--, s-words, a-words, crap. Name-calling (weirdos, criminals, bully, crazy, bitch, douchebag, dumb, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, what the hell, van full of nuns, etc).

  • THEMES

    Power Rangers, superheroes, super strength, super powers, secret identities, androids, teenagers, gold, mining, death, resurrection, good vs evil, saving the universe, teamwork, unlikely heroes, leaders, morphing, social outcasts.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend, sick/dying mother, dead colleague. Cemetery, funeral setting. Bull, fish (flopping/frozen/caught in net), scorpion. Scary witchy creature, giant gold monster, giant robot, rock creatures. Brief subtitles (alien and Chinese languages). Brief strobe/flash editing. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Playful, entertaining, fan-friendly, contemporary, goofy, glossy, absurd, engaging, campy, nostalgic, bright, fun, harmless, humorous, chaotic, silly, grounded, character-driven. Relatable/charismatic/charming/appealing/likable/empathetic/diversive characters, strong chemistry between leads, cohesive storytelling, creepy/campy villain, seamless/thrilling CGI, gritty/grave/dramatic/personal at times.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Misconceived, slipshod, ugly, incompetent, repetitive, predictable, underwhelming, dour, middling. Borderline-incomprehensible prologue, ugly/incomprehensible/mild finish, chaotic/murky/mediocre/mild/jarring action scenes, craven/ubiquitous/egregious product placement, heavy-handed team bonding scenes.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Published in T
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 07:04
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and horror sequence.

  • The pitch

    Katniss is the girl on fire.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcomson, Stanley Tucci

  • Directed by

    Francis Lawrence

  • Running time

    137 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People/characters are shot, held at gunpoint, restrained, poisoned, blown up, pursued, tackled, thrown into lethal black tar, strung up, eye-gouged, kicked, mobbed, bitten/eaten, grabbed, thrown through the air/against objects, hit, impaled, run through, disintegrated. Military aircraft/tanks/personnel/weapons, heavy gunfire, mines, Mexican standoffs. Explosions, fireballs. Burning vehicles, city. Children are taken from their parents, a child screams over her mother's corpse. Objects are thrown at a cat, an animal is shot (off-screen). A man recalls being hit/beaten by his mother. Yelling, screaming. Mass suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (including children), scary sewer creatures with sharp teeth, victim with legs blown off (no injury detail seen). Bloody mouth, spittle, scratches, ground. Patient in hospital bed, IV drip, medical examinations. Bruising, burned skin, object protruding from chest, bandaging. Bruised ribs, bruised lung mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Couple in bed together. Tight-fitting clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People are poisoned, injected with an unknown substance, administered morphine, given suicide capsules (poison). Alcohol (champagne). A character compares another character to "someone who's drunk". Medicine, painkillers mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Warfare, propoganda, sacrifice, lying, betrayal, love triangles, assassination, uprising, rebellion, brainwashing.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased sister, allies. Wedding, underground tunnel settings. Cat, dead bird. Fur costumes. Some dizzying cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Smart, exciting, heartfelt, satisfying, entertaining, dark, gripping, emotional, gritty, bold, powerful, tense, compelling, grim. Intense/superb performance by Jennifer Lawrence, thrilling action, intelligent political satire, subtle character moments, intense horror scene, vivid cinematography, some lavishly bleak production design, assured/confident filmmaking.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, slow, stifling. Redundant love triangle subplot, some clunky moments/jarring dialogue, relentlessly solemn, gets bogged down in detail, too faithful to the book, bombastic/unsubtle score, sappy endnote.

Magic Mike XXL

Published in M
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 04:56
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Could do with more Magic.

  • Starring

    Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Anne Hunt, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks

  • Directed by

    Gregory Jacobs

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pushed, punched, headbutted, bound. Ted Bundy, Desert Storm mentioned. Littering. Vehicle accident, wrecked truck/cracked windscreen. Blood/gore: Bloody forehead/face. Patient in hospital bed with breathing tube. Bandage. Concussion, stitches mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has (implied) sex. Nude male (rear view), near-nude males, abs that you could hang your washing on, pubic hair. Very skimpy clothing, swimwear, cleavage. Kissing, licking, caressing, bum-slapping, crotch-grabbing, pumping, grinding, thrusting, undressing, bum-grabbing, lap-dancing, straddling. References to having sex, blow jobs, homosexuality, virginity, bondage, ejaculation, oral sex. Objects decorated with genital images.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (joints, pills, molly, moon rock). Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, shots, wine, champagne, beer). Smoking. Intoxication. Coke, painkiller mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Cultural, gender, racial stereotypes. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Male entertainers, stripping, road trips, photography, drag queens, bromances, reiki, conventions, business, fresh moves.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend, estranged friend, fire phobia, divorce, ghosts mentioned. Hospital, club settings. Urination. Fireworks sounds.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Freewheeling, lighthearted, lively, entertaining, breezy, loose, brawny, diverting, ramshackle, fun, bigger, bulgier, sexy. Seductive performance from Jada Pinkett-Smith, endearing performance from Channing Tatum, inventive dance sequences, naturalistic/spontaneous banter, ultra-buff men, spirited finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Bumpy, overlong, shambling, directionless. Several long/pointless/drawn-out scenes, messy/muddled subplots, one-note characters, disappointing ending, loose editing, lacks energy, too much build-up, not enough payoff, faintly demeaning.

Love & Mercy

Published in L
Sunday, 07 June 2015 21:13
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just like Brian Wilson did.

  • Starring

    Brian Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going, Dee Wallace, Brett Davern, Erin Darke, Jonathan Slavin

  • Directed by

    Bill Pohlad

  • Running time

    121 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A boy is slapped, a man is almost hit by a car. Object whacked. Domestic violence (father taking belt to child/causing deafness; spankings, beatings), suicide mentioned. A man says, "I am going to kill you". Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has sex in the shower (implied). Man in underwear. Couple beneath sheets (nudity implied). Half-nude woman (rear view). Kissing. Swimwear, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Lots of prescription pills taken/seen, drugs (LSD). Smoking (joint, cigarettes, pipes). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Drugging, junkies, penicillin, cocaine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, p*ss. Slang for breasts. Derogatory term for women. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Brian Wilson, music, genius, creativity, experimentation, father-son relationships, over-medication, music recording, paranoid schizophrenia, dating, manipulation, therapy, domineering fathers, grief, marriage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased brother (drowning), estranged mother, ex-wife mentioned. Plane, dogs, panic attack. Chicken eaten. Mid-credits scene. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Beautiful, unusual, moving, thrilling, memorable, vibrant, engrossing, canny, satisfying. Expert performances, simple/effective/split/non-traditional structure, sharp photography, superb/ace editing, complex audio design, haunting/supportive/spare score, unfussy direction, human/happy/thrilling ending, emotionally exhilarating/involving, dark at times, undercurrent of sadness.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some too-obvious metaphors, some crucial parts of Wilson's life are underplayed or ignored, Paul Giamatti's performance is slightly overcooked.

Pitch Perfect 2

Published in P
Monday, 04 May 2015 06:15
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  • Rating

    M: Sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Groovy like a drive-in movie.

  • Starring

    Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Brittany Snow, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins

  • Directed by

    Elizabeth Banks

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are caught in nets, caught alight (hair). Arguing. Being kidnapped, rescued, lost at sea, war, faking own death, mother in choke hold mentioned. Blood/gore: Bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Bare bottom, cleavage, skimpy clothing. Kissing, boob-grabbing, bum-slapping, nose-licking, suggestive dancing/grinding, pole-dancing, pillow-fighting. References to parents having sex, a couple having (implied) sex, erection, exposed vagina.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (cocktails, spirits).

  • LANGUAGE

    Frikkin', s-word, a-words, b*tch, fart. Real and slang terms for genitals. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Cultural, racial, gender, weight, poo, homosexuality jokes. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    A capella, friends, college, internships, career, teamwork, identity, competition, rivalry, redemption, cover songs, remixes, mashups, original music, magic, relationships, legacy, expectation, disappointment, reputation, team-building retreats, bonding, wardrobe malfunction.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Piglet, fireworks. Brief German language (no subtitles). Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Upbeat, infectious, undemanding, fun, entertaining, spirited, feel-good. Rollicking start, Anna Kendrick is terrific, politically incorrect, sly humour, unexpected song choices, expansive soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lazy, artifical, predictable, univentive, unimaginative, dull. Recycled ideas, weak characterisation, tepid/banal humour, overused product placement, broad/familiar storytelling, technically unimpressive, the fat jokes wear thin.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Published in T
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:24
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The Prim Reaper.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci

  • Directed by

    Francis Lawrence

  • Running time

    123 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, shoved, bound, blown up, tackled, gassed, near-strangled, rammed against objects, hit with objects. Explosions, mass destruction, broken glass. Air strikes/sirens, aircraft crashes/mid-air collision, military aircraft, warehouse full of bombs/firepower. Riots, uprising, sporadic violence, sedition, treason, civil war, POWs, derailed train, shocks, beatings mentioned. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Skeletons, skulls, fresh/charred/blood-covered corpses. Patients in hospital beds (and makeshift camp beds). IV drips, bandages, neck brace. Bloody scratches/wounds/cuts/grazes, spot of blood, shaving cut, bruising, bloodshot eyes. Killing, had tongue cut out, mass graves mentioned. Wound-treating.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Loose-fitting clothing/cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People are gassed, poisoned (implied). Sobriety, medication, venom mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Propaganda, uprising, rebellion, leadership, The Hunger Games, white roses, forgiveness, trust, fear, community, stealth operations, broadcasting, dytopia, fear conditioning, fashion.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dog, cat, crow, eagle, mockingbirds, elk. Lost baby (miscarriage) mentioned. Power blackouts. High/sweeping cinematography. Strobe lights. Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Suspenseful, surprising, deep, dark, rich, punchy, well-paced, solid, absorbing, resonant, rousing, underground, intense, stylish, topical. Soulful/storm-ranging performance from Jennifer Lawrence, understated/generous performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman, stirring sequences,  illuminating character moments, intense dam raid sequence, haunting score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uninspired, safe, steady, by-the-book, patronising, unsatisfying, lacking, disappointing, bland, protracted. Tends to spell out the obvious, languid pacing, thin story, limp special effects, creaky script, not enough action.

The LEGO Movie

Published in T
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:06
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated violence and crude humour.

  • The pitch

    Don't call him yellow.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Jonah Hill, Shaquille O'Neal, Anthony Daniels, Nick Offerman, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, Billy Dee Williams

  • Directed by

    Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot at, thrown off high ledges, eaten, pursued, interrogated, threatened, karate-chopped, near-melted, hit with objects, thrown, decapitated, trampled, crushed, catapulted, imprisoned, bound, frozen, electrocuted. A character falls down a long shaft, a character's face is wiped off. Objects kicked, thrown. Mid-air collisions, train crash, submarine leak, explosions, laser beams, buildings demolished, bridge collapse, mass destruction. Reckless driving, vehicle accidents, burning vehicles. Yelling, shouting, arguing. End of the world mentioned. Blood/gore: Decapitated head. Used BandAid/plaster.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Pantless character (nude from waist down; no genitals seen). A nude character showers (no genitals seen), a character photocopies his bare bum. Flirting. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    Incomplete a-word. Name-calling. Religious exclamations. Police, gender, family, superhero stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Prophecy, legends, awesomeness, instructions, father-son relationships, greed, invention, teamwork, faith, imagination, Star Wars, The Lord of The Rings, ideas, sacrifice, good cop/bad cop, capitalism, conformity, consumerism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Helicopters, aircraft, clowns, rainbow, unicorn, dragon, ghost, skeletons, skull motif, pirates, alien space creature. Sharks, crocodiles, dog, cats, horses, cows, chickens, panda, monkey, bat, cobweb, pigs, ducks, snake. Spitting, used chewing gum, roasting meat. Bright light flashes, lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Whip-smart, surprising, emotional, joyful, spirited, hilarious, rich, knowing, sensational, fun, charming, brilliant, brisk, unexpected, affecting, funny, re-watchable, surreal, cute, energetic. Family friendly, intricately detailed world, zippy pace, subversive streak, imperfect animation, childlike vision, giddily inventive, wildly entertaining, dazzling CGI, pitch-perfect voice cast, cleverly written, sneaky jokes, deft satire, over-the-top action.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Blockheaded, exhausting, demented, audacious. First half moves a little too quickly, intense product placement, unnecessary climactic device.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Published in T
Monday, 18 November 2013 12:09
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A second helping.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Plummer, Jeffrey Wright, Lynn Cohen

  • Directed by

    Francis Lawrence

  • Running time

    146 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, whipped, tied up, electrocuted, dragged, grabbed, hooded, kicked, punched, knocked over, killed for sport, near-drowned, beaten, arrowed, stabbed, hacked, pursued, thrown down an embankment, stalked, bitten, slapped. Houses ransacked, property damage, smashed glass, arson, objects thrown. Avalanche, tsunami, explosions, burning debris, falling debris. Animals are killed, animals attack. Armed soldiers, military vehicles, angry mob, weapons training (stick-fighting, archery, spear-throwing), hand-to-hand combat. Gunshots, cannon fire, hanged effigy, spear-fishing. Video footage of riots, burning debris. Uprising, revolution, poisoned berries, black market, floggings, executions mentioned. Screaming, roaring. Blood/gore: Corpses, dead animals, missing limb. Bloody faces, hands, injuries, lashes. Blood spray, blood on objects, bloody scratches, people covered in blood. Welts, bruising, burning/bubbling skin (acidic poison), wound-cleaning. Hypodermic needle seen entering skin, object inserted into skin, bandage. 'Thousands of dead people' mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, undressing. Nude female (only back seen), shirtless men. Low-cut gowns.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, cocktails, champagne). Morphling (fictional narcotic) and an unknown sedative are injected. A drink that enables the consumer to throw up so they can eat more is offered.

  • LANGUAGE

    Bleeped f-word, s-word. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Survival, fate, love, betrayal, family, relationships, hope, deceit, PTSD, morality, grief, fame, popularity, reality television, history, tradition, games, teamwork, sacrifice, loss, rebellion, uprising, alliance, dystopia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Marriage proposal, cancelled wedding, pregnancy announcement. CPR, mouth-to-mouth. Dog, turkeys, cat, butterflies (garment/accessories), horses, buzzing insects, flocks of birds, baboons, lizard. Lightning, flame-throwing, fireworks, burning costumes (theatrical), power blackout. Vomiting, fang teeth. Fish, oysters eaten. Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Monumental, crowd-pleasing, remarkable, thought-provoking, inspiring, gutsier, tougher, better, leaner, smarter, thrilling, epic, heart-pounding. Winning performance from Jennifer Lawrence, wonderful supporting cast, impossible costume design, well paced, charged narrative, captures spirit of the novel, acute attention to detail, lush world-building.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Undernourished, familiar. Unsatisfactory ending, lacks heart, feels a little manufactured.

The Hunger Games

Published in T
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:41
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The first course.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Willow Shields

  • Directed by

    Gary Ross

  • Running time

    142 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are hacked, slashed, stabbed, speared, bludgeoned, hit with objects, near-choked, poisoned, murdered, slapped, thrown against a wall, wrestled, pursued, grabbed, punched, kicked, strangled, manipulated, snared, stalked, burned, threatened, bitten, mauled. Suicide references, explosion, cannon fire. People fall down embankments, out of trees. Video footage of atomic mushroom cloud, explosions, burning debris, armed soldiers. Weapons training (stick-fighting, hand-to-hand combat, archery, blade-throwing, sword-fighting), mercy killing, underground mine explosion, rioting, smashed glass, objects knocked over, property damage, brawling. Bushfire, fireballs, kids play-fighting with swords. Animals stabbed, arrowed, roasted, eaten. Killing animals mentioned. Screaming, arguing, pleading. Cutting out tongues, war, uprising, treason, being burned to death/blown sky-high mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, bloody faces, bloody legs, blood on clothing/objects, bloody cuts, bleeding, blood spots, bloody fingerprints, burned/charred skin, swollen/bruised skin, welts. Corpses, skulls (video), neck-breaking. Finger prick, objects inserted into skin.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Man in underwear. Low-cut gowns.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, wine). Hip flask, intoxication. Healing salves applied to wounds. Hallucinations.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Fight to the death, starvation, poverty, class warfare, survival, reality television, media, broadcast, tradition, hunting, siblings, relationships, archery, chance, fate, lottery, mentoring, fame, disguise, tactics, rules, alliance, betrayal, young love, healing, hope, sacrifice, dystopia, oppression, renegades.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased father/husband. Childless mother, orphans, widows mentioned. Cat, deer, dogs, pigs, horses, wasps, buzzing insects, birds, butterfly. Wasp attack, dog attacks. Roast meat, grilled fish eaten. Animals spit-roasted, roast pig seen. Shaky handheld camerawork. Soles of feet, eyebrow-plucking, waxing, spitting. Based on the novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Tough-spirited, exciting, thought-provoking, memorable, muscular, honorable, unflinching, horrific, brutal, tense, allegorical. Strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, terrific supporting cast, magnificent costumes and makeup, vivid set design, irresistible energy, faithful onscreen adaptation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, cheesy, sprawling, sometimes sluggish, manipulative. Weak chemistry between leads, shaky handheld camerawork is stomach-churning.

Movie 43

Published in M
Thursday, 21 March 2013 06:05
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong crude humour, sexual references, nudity, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Every bottom-of-the-barrel gag you can think of ("bottom" - ha ha!).

  • Starring

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Kieran Culkin, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Justin Long, Uma Thurman, Jason Sudeikis, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Bell, Leslie Bibb, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Patrick Warburton, Jimmy Bennett, Matt Walsh, Gerard Butler, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear

  • Directed by

    Bob Odenkirk, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken

  • Running time

    94 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (eye, chest), hit with objects, punched, kicked, stabbed, slapped, tied up, smeared with excrement, ridiculed, hit by cars, dismembered, pushed, shoved, beaten, pistol-whipped, kicked. Children stab a woman. Objects are hit in anger. A bomb is strapped to a woman's chest. A girl says that she wants to kill herself (figurative). Comic reference to Holocaust. An animated cat makes a "cutting-throat" motion. An animated cat causes grievous bodily harm. A woman severely beats an animated cat. Arguing, yelling. Bullying, teasing discussed. Stalking mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody hand, missing finger, missing hand, dismembered body, blood splatter, body parts, flesh, bloody faces, bloody body parts. Menstrual blood on couch, wall, clothing. Scar. Mangled genitals discussed.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man nuzzles into a woman's breasts. Devious and perverse sex acts are discussed and seen (some in animation, some implied). A woman asks her partner to poop on her. "Sucking-off a hobo" is discussed. Finger-sucking. Tasting, licking, hickey (mentioned). Inserting hands/fingers/fluids into vaginas is implied and discussed. Masturbation. Passionate kissing. A couple have sex on a bed. Nudity: Testicles hang from a man's neck. Testicles rest on a baby's head; testicles fall in food. A nude youth is seen in the shower (side-view). Male bottoms are seen. A woman is seen fully nude (standing in a group of people, and later lying on a bed). Breasts are fondled, dipped in food. A woman stands naked (from navel up) in a boardroom. Men are seen in their underwear. Women wear activity-appropriate beachwear. Penis tattoo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails). Smoking. Viagra mentioned. A laxative is consumed.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, n-word, s-words, a-words, actual and slang terms for genitalia, b*tch, sexual terms and slang. Name-calling, derogatory insults, comic reference to Holocaust. Gender, cultural, sexual stereotyping and exploitation. Sexual acts, sexual slang, sodomy mentioned. Religious exclamations. People are mocked, humiliated.

  • THEMES

    Comic violence, crude humour, vulgarity, sketch comedy, bad parenting, relationships, dating, bullying, incest, perversion, bestiality, infidelity, child labour, menstruation, dares, offensive behaviour, child abuse.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Stealing. Illegal downloading. Vomit/gagging. Pooping on people, animals (mentioned). Farting. A man sits on the toilet. Excrement is seen on a car, windscreen, person, ground and clothing. Abortion clinic, kid with cancer, acid reflux, sexually transmitted infection (mentioned). Family death, circumcision (mentioned). Spitting (blood, saliva). A boy removes his dental plate. A boy rubs, sniffs a menstrual stain. Shark attack. A blind boy is ridiculed. Tattoos, cosmetic surgery. Excessive urine (feline spray). Cat's bum (animated). An animated cat eats its own vomit.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive cast. Hilarious (if you like gross-out, exploitative humour).

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Tasteless, disgusting, mostly unfunny. It's just bad. No, it's awful.