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Straight Outta Compton

Published in S
Monday, 24 August 2015 09:16
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Cool as Ice.

  • Starring

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti

  • Directed by

    F. Gary Gray

  • Running time

    147 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are threatened at gunpoint, pushed, hit by a vehicle, pursued, slapped, restrained, slammed into objects, punched, elbowed, tackled, pulled over a railing, beaten, pistol-whipped, bitten by an animal, clubbed. News footage of Rodney King beating. Suicide reference (hanging), gunfire. Police raid/battering ram, arrests, unlawful detention. Dangerous driving, police chase, speeding. Objects smashed/run over/stomped on/thrown, property damage. Riots, burning objects/buildings, looting, trashing shops/cars, graffiti. Dogs fighting, fist-fighting. References and images of gangs. Drug trafficking, arrests, murders mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Crushed throat, busted lip, dog bite, bruising. Bloody head, scratches, nose, lip. Bandaged head, tracheal tube, intubation tube, coma. Splitting man's face from cheek to chin, death mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex between the sheets. A couple has sex in a room full of people. Oral sex, kissing, flirting, provocative dancing/grinding/twerking, bum-grabbing, crotch-grabbing. Full-frontal female nudity, exposed breasts, nude bums, shirtless men, drawing of near-nude men. Revealing clothing (midriffs, cleavage, bikinis), people in underwear, cleavage. Infidelity. Promiscuity mentioned. References to sex acts, sexual slang.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (marijuana, white powder). Drugs being cut on table, drug dealing. References to drug use. Smoking (cigarettes, cigars, marijuana). Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne, wine, cocktails). Discussion of being drunk all the time. CRASH program, war on drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, n-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Slang for genitals. Derogatory terms/treatment toward non-whites/women/homosexuals/Jews. Song lyrics with references to sex, drugs, violence toward police, homophobia. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Ice Cube, NWA, rap, music, racism, police brutality, unlawful detention, rioting, injustice, drugs, drug-dealing, censorship, insolvency, culture, death, grief, revenge, violence, betrayal, contract disputes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakups, HIV-positive character, memorials. Dead brother, child support mentioned. Hospital setting. Dogs.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Exhilarating, relevant, timeless, human, personal, smart, panoramic, successful, energetic, potent, entertaining, fast, furious, funny, rich, rousing, vibrant, dynamic. Strong performances, excellent cast, great soundtrack, great opening, nerve-racking/harrowing sequences, urgent undertone, worthy/powerful/engaging/compelling story, emotional/realistic first half, exhaustively researched screenplay, sharp/vibrant direction, rich camerawork.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Sprawling, conventional, melodramatic, clichéd, limited, misogynistic/sexist, overlong. Formulaic narrative, some loose ends, condensed/too-safe/cheesy second half, some unusual narrative omissions.

Madame Bovary (2014)

Published in M
Monday, 06 July 2015 22:52
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  • Rating

    M: Sex scenes and mature themes.

  • The pitch

    Mme attempts a status update.

  • Starring

    Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Logan Marshall-Green, Laura Carmichael, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Richard Cordery

  • Directed by

    Sophie Barthes

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (overdose). Hunting, an animal is throat-sliced (implied/heard). Gunshot sounds. A man twists a child's ear. Screaming. Beating (domestic violence) mentioned. Blackmail, lying. Blood/gore: Spurting blood. Bloody knife/elbow/clothing. Animal blood/organs/head/hoof. Broken elbow, club foot/tendon surgery. Burn marks. Bleeding, leeching, convulsions, botched surgery, gangrene, amputation mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes, woman in bath. Kissing, flirting, dressing. Shirtless male, topless female (bare breasts). Infidelity/adultery. Sexual favours mentioned; reference to sex as 'part of nature'.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Poison consumed (suicide). Alcohol (beer, cider, wine, spirits, champagne); alcohol used as anaesthetic. Gambling (poker).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation. Slavery reference.

  • THEMES

    Extra-marital affairs, suicide, class, society, status, convent life, poverty, debt, surgery, exhaustion, selfishness, blame, inheritance, loveless marriage, ambition.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mother/father mentioned. Wedding setting. Taxidermy bird, horse. Manure. Based on Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Lucid, enveloping, measured, absorbing, slow-burning, classy, brooding, realistic, refined, respectful, quasi-faithful, somber, intelligent, interesting, attractive, passable, watchable. Unsympathetic performance from Mia Wasikowska, exquisite visual sense, spare/sumptuous production design, earthly lensing, bleak/socio-realist style, meticulous attention to period detail.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Inessential, miscast, calculated, passionless, uneven, disappointing, tedious. Streamlined narrative, heavy-handed symbolism, restrained/flat/enervating tone, frustrating accents, lacking emotional intelligence, ending revealed in first scene.

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.

San Andreas

Published in S
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:27
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  • Rating

    M: Disaster themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A smashing movie.

  • Starring

    Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Vanessa Ross, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Art Parkinson

  • Directed by

    Brad Peyton

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are crushed/near-crushed, drowned (implied), near-drowned, trapped, thrown through the air, burned, thrown to the ground, thrown to their death (implied), held at gunpoint, punched, thrown overboard, swept away. You name it, it gets wrecked: vehicles, aircraft, buildings, boats, ships, bridges, dam, windscreen, windows, streets, businesses, famous city, major landmarks. Earthquakes, tremors, aftershocks, rockfalls, tsunami. A car is thrown over a cliff edge/dangles precariously. Vehicle collisions, speeding, dangerous driving, theft, looting, helicopter engine failure/crash, plane crashes (implied). Explosions, fireballs, burning buildings/city streets, gunfire. Yelling, screaming, arguing, mass panic. Footage/images of wreckage from earthquakes in Alaska (1964) and Valdivia, flooding. Tours in Afghanistan, getting shot at, Hiroshima mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody cuts, grazes, gash, faces, ear, neck, torsos, arms; bloody nose, lips, mouth, wound. Bleeding head/ear. Objects through skin. CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, people on stretchers/crutches, walking wounded. Lots of people assumed dead.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Teen in bikini, cleavage, tight-fitting clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (cocktails). Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Earthquakes, San Andreas Fault, seismology, search and rescue, family, father-daughter relationships, brothers, death of a child, grief, news reporting, live television broadcast, tremors, aftershocks.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead daughter (drowning), divorce mentioned. Helicopters, planes, parachuting, birds, tank fish. High/sweeping aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Loud, effects-filled, well-executed, bright, bloodless, campy, cheesy, mindless. Terrific cast, spectacular special effects, physicall intense scenes, great/well-rendered computer-generated detail, solid underlying geological principals, huge (implied) body count, occasional twinkle of humour, decent set-pieces, plenty of OMG to look at, blissfully stupid B-movie thrills.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, predictable, clunky, boneheaded. Weak females/characterisation/plotting/dialogue, scale of destruction is disproportionate to depicted destruction, stretches belief, ignores body count/devastational impact, lacks tension, disaster footage gets less effective as it goes more over-the-top.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro

Published in T
Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:04
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  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Power up to the Max.

  • Starring

    Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, Stan Lee, Embeth Davidtz, Marton Csokas, Campbell Scott

  • Directed by

    Marc Webb

  • Running time

    142 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, shot at, punched, slapped, slammed against walls, hit with objects, sucked out of an aircraft, near-choked, hit by a car, bound, dangled in the air, bullied, grabbed, electrocuted, bitten, hit with bolts of electricity, kidnapped, headbutted. Mid-air emergencies, plane crash (mostly implied), near mid-air collision, burning plane. Hijacked truck, multiple vehicle collisions, vehicles thrown. Explosions, broken glass, burning building, collapsed buildings, mass destruction, debris, power blackouts, smoke canisters thrown. Marine animals assumed dead when tank explodes. Blood/gore: Corpse, body bag, bloody cuts, bloody faces, bloody knuckles, bloody clothing, nosebleed, rotting flesh, charred body, charred flesh. Bandages. Screens show human neural activity, skeletal activity. Alzheimer's, cancer mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Man in underwear, shirtless youth.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A man is injected with serum, a man buys cold and flu drugs. Animals are gassed. Alcohol (spirits).

  • LANGUAGE

    A-words, p*ssed. Name-calling. Police, gender, relationship, cultural, ethnic, genre, mad scientist stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Spider-Man, superheroes, vigilantes, family, relationships, community, rescue, police, obsession, retrovirus, genetics, animal hybrid programs, workplace accidents, electricity, battery power, research, secrets, lies, betrayal, healing, grief, hope.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased parents/fathers. Deceased partner, relationship breakup, job loss. Asylum, funeral, cemetery settings. Patients in hospital beds. Spiders, eels, large fish (dead), dogs. Plane, helicopters, blue bolts of electricity, sparks, scary blue eyes. Dizzying/sweeping/swinging camera angles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Bold, bright, charming, goofy, savvy, punchy, dashing, satisfying, cross-generational, swift, enjoyable, affable, watchable. Tangible chemistry between leads, good casting, strong female lead, confident effects, slingshot ending, endearing quality to crime-fighting, emotionally weightier, stunning use of New York City, restrained use of 3D, comic-book story world.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, crowded, familiar, bloated, corporate, franchise-building, overstuffed. Tangled plot, clumsy script, tonal whiplash, workmanlike framing, perfunctory/infrequent/slightly disappointing action sequences.

Saving Mr Banks

Published in S
Friday, 22 November 2013 06:07
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    A trip down Cherry Tree Lane.

  • Starring

    Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, BJ Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Annie Rose Buckley

  • Directed by

    John Lee Hancock

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide attempt (intended drowning implied). A man refers to being impoverished, beaten as a child. A woman hopes an aircraft will crash. Objects thrown out windows, a man falls from a platform. Raised voices, yelling. A man says an incident "would've killed" him (figurative). Kamikaze, shooting injury mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Blood on tissues, sheet, mouth, clothing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, cocktails, hip flask). Alcohol dependency, intoxication. A child is sent to fetch alcohol. Smoking. Vials of prescription pills seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations; blasphemy mentioned. Cultural, gender, period, author stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Mary Poppins, P L Travers, Walt Disney, film rights, screenwriting, storyboards, rehearsal, editing, approval, psychological triggers, early 20th Century Australia, 1960s Los Angeles, contracts, father-daughter relationships, musicals, film-making, Disneyland, chauffeuring, alcoholism, grief, memories, abandonment, struggle, trust, forgiveness, disapproval, skepticism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Sick father, deceased father. People are fired. Airport, fairground, theme park settings. Plane, costumed characters, balloons, ivory. Dogs, horses, chickens, flies, bull, kangaroo. Based on a true story. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rich, old-fashioned, solid, affecting, charming, funny, witty, well-crafted, gentle, stirring, decent, moving, lingering, family friendly. Outstanding performances, a-list cast, impressive costume and production design, ingenious script, rich visuals, doesn't glorify Disney.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unsurprising, soft, square, sentimental. One or two clumsy missteps, flashbacks become repetitive.

12 Years a Slave

Published in 0-9
Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:19
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Very black and white.

  • Starring

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Bryan Batt, Ashley Dyke, Kelsey Scott, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Zeigler, Tony Bentley, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt

  • Directed by

    Steve McQueen

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are raped, kidnapped, chained, bound, gagged, beaten, hit with objects (repeatedly), stabbed, whipped, lashed, kicked, slapped, drugged, sold into slavery, lynched, near-hanged, near-choked, dragged, pursued, cut with a razor, threatened. Reference to suicide. Pleading, screaming, yelling, arguing. Execution, lashes mentioned. Ripped clothing. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody face, bloody wounds, blood-stained clothing, bloody welts, slicing skin (from whipping), lash marks, open wounds, scars, bloodshot eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped. A couple have clothed sex. Kissing, breast-grabbing, masturbation. Full nudity (male and female), cleavage. Mistress.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A man is drugged. Alcohol (wine, hip flask). Intoxication. Tobacco purchased.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, n-word, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Racial, gender, cultural stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Slavery, music, US history, human trafficking, kidnapping, biography, cotton-picking, hard labour, rape, pride, depression, prejudice, injustice, exploitation, barbarity, freedom, abolition, memoir.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Child taken from mother, children drowning in sea (biblical) mentioned. Burial, grave-digging, funeral. Horses, goat, pigs, caterpillars, buzzing insects. Full moon, thunder. Vomiting, spitting. Based on a true story by Solomon Northup.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Mesmerising, involving, raw, eloquent, horrifying, essential, epic, gut-wrenching, compelling, important, unflinching, brutal, eloquent, approachable, emotional, stark, visceral, unrelenting, necessary, brave, courageous, unforgettable, harrowing. Outstanding performances, pulsating score, memorable characters, stellar cast, astounding story, majestic direction, beautiful cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unrelenting, prettified.

Parkland

Published in P
Monday, 28 October 2013 00:14
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Hardly a walk in the Park.

  • Starring

    Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks,  Ron Livingston, Jason Douglas, David Harbour, James Badge Dale, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy Strong, Mallory Moye, Bitsie Tulloch

  • Directed by

    Peter Landesman

  • Running time

    94 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Video footage of people shot. Gunshots heard. Panic, yelling, chaos, arguing. Suppression of evidence, property damage, written threats. John F Kennedy assassination, treason mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody scratch, bloody face, bloody head, very bloody hands, blood on clothing, blood on objects, bleeding, smeared blood, open wound, skull fragment, brain matter, pooled blood. X-rays, man on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking. Prescription medication exchanged.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, sonofab*tch. Religious reference and exclamations. Cultural, regional stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    John F Kennedy, assassination, surgery, autopsy, US history, US Secret Service, Zapruder film, media, desperation, film processing, Lee Harvey Oswald, national emergency, confusion, jurisdiction, tragedy, pall-bearing, presidential swearing-in, siblings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, surgery, funeral, burial settings. Deceased husbands, deceased brother/son. Medical procedures (stretchers, IV drips, cutting clothing, incision, intubation, CPR, heart massage, paddles, flatlining, bandaging, examinations, X-ray). Addison's disease mentioned. Plane, horses (TV footage), flock of birds. Shaky handheld camerawork. Based on Four Days in November: The Assassination of John F Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Engrossing, revelatory, journalistic, moving, stark, embellished, sobering, gripping, suspenseful, fascinating, absorbing, well-intentioned. Some splendid performances, fine ensemble cast, sense of immediacy, expert direction, haunting score, refreshing perspective. Impeccable costume, makeup and production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Dull, cluttered, frustrating, scattershot, vapid, painful, miscalculated, awkward, incoherent, plodding. Some questionable performances, emotionally detached, lacks insight, banal dialogue, cheesy music.

All Is Bright (Almost Christmas)

Published in A
Friday, 20 September 2013 10:56
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    R (USA): Language and brief nudity.

  • The pitch

    All is bleak.

  • Starring

    Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Sally Hawkins, Amy Landecker, Tatyana Richaud, Adam Phillips, Michael Drayer, Colman Domingo, Halley Feiffer, Nikki M James, Peter Hermann

  • Directed by

    Phil Morrison

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are held at gunpoint, hit with objects, punched, shoved, robbed, pickpocketed, threatened with a saw, threatened at knife-point. Stealing, property damage, home invasion, burglary. Arguing, yelling. Father shot to death mentioned. Thief, parole, imprisonment, botched robbery mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody face, bloody scratches, bruising. Butterfly bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Brief kissing. Naked woman seen in window. Making love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits), bar setting. Smoking. Heroin, heroin dealing, rehab mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation. Cultural, racial, nationality, disability stereotypes. Ghosts mentioned.

  • THEMES

    Christmas trees, second chances, going straight, estranged families, Christmas, immigration, unlikely friendships, wife-stealing, father-daughter relationships, pianos, music.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged wife/daughter. A girl believes her (imprisoned) father died from cancer. Divorce, ex-wife remarrying mentioned. Vomiting, spitting, urination. Open fire (barrel). Ghosts mentioned (figurative). Some French language (subtitled). Also known as Almost Christmas.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Reasonably engaging. Good performance from Paul Giamatti, evokes 1970s feel, touching ending.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Meandering, phony, low-energy, lacklustre, miserable, unfunny, unclever, predictable, forced, flat, joyless, lifeless, misfiring, uninspired, overlong, disparate, maudlin, mundane. Dull script, underdeveloped characters, lacks chemistry, no narrative interest, drab cinematography, misguided score.

Turbo

Published in T
Monday, 22 July 2013 10:09
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: General.

  • The pitch

    Ready... set... escargot!

  • Starring

    (voices of): Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Mario Andretti

  • Directed by

    David Soren

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Snails are captured by birds, squished by fruit, near-crushed, near-run over (incl. dramatisation), submerged, pursued, swallowed, held captive, near-stomped, hit by objects. Reckless driving, multiple collisions, vehicle pile-up, kitchen fire. A child is thrown from a tricycle. Animals are thrown against a windscreen, hit by a bus, deliberately squished, smacked. People get punched, kicked, wrestled, head-locked, dragged away, bitten, bump heads. Tyres are punctured, cracked windscreen, smashed glass, broken spectacle lens. Debris. Screaming, arguing, squabbling, shouting. Killing, slaughter (competitive) mentioned. Blood/gore: Internal cinematography of snail physiology (beating heart, blood-flow etc). Blood splatter (tomato juice). Damaged shell.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, innuendo. Jokes about gender confusion.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). An animal absorbs nitrous oxide, consumes an energy drink.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling, teasing. Cultural, racial stereotypes. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Racing, speed, ambition, brothers, performance-enhancement, vehicle modification, acceptance, teams, investment, sponsorship, social media, fame, small business, rules, safety, passion, humble beginnings, dreams, underdogs, heroes, rivalry, determination, courage, victory, Indianapolis 500.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss. Snails, crows, buzzing insects, beetles, flock of birds, monkeys (on poster), cobweb, tomatoes. Plane, jets, full moon (incl. opening credits), balloons, fireworks. Tetanus, heart attack mentioned; panic attacks, hyperventilation, disorientation. Spitting. Bright lights, camera flashes. Some Spanish language (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Imaginative, wholesome, family friendly, heart-warming, enjoyable, affecting, funny, breezy, fast, fresh. Excellent voice work, smart dialogue, thrilling action sequences, appealing hero, sharp animation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, predictable. Could be funnier, slow-paced characterisation, hackneyed storyline.