A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Underhanded methods result in positive results, but the film also focuses on using courage and perseverance to achieve a common good.
Positive Role Models
Franklin is seeking revenge and uses time travel to deceive others, but he also demonstrates courage as he goes undercover, and he perseveres despite extreme hardship.
Lead character is a White man (Josh Hutcherson), but rest of cast is largely Black, in both main and supporting roles. Anton Burrell (Morgan Freeman) is a Black tech genius in his 80s who's working in STEM, which is positive representation, even though his ideas about preventive care can be scary and overbearing. Hutcherson and Black actress Lovie Simone play an interracial engaged couple. Simone's character is indirectly defined by her relationship with Hutcherson's, but she also has her own dreams and aspirations as an artist. She thinks independently, challenges Hutcherson's character to live within his morals.
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Violence & Scariness
Gun violence, fighting, plane crash. Scene with a male character drugging another male character's drink, pushing him into having sex with women. The drugging and assault are then used as blackmail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene (no graphic nudity), kissing, fondling.
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Language includes "a--hole," "f---ing," "bitch," "s--thole," "d--kwad," and "insane" (which can be seen as an ableist term).
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Products & Purchases
Artist's Loft art products, CarMax.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink alcohol. A character describes a loved one's overdose.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 57 Seconds is a sci-fi thriller about Franklin Fox (Josh Hutcherson), a man who finds a ring that allows him to travel 57 seconds back in time. He uses it to exact revenge on an evil pharmaceutical mogul who created a devastating drug. Mature content includes adult characters drinking alcohol and talking about drug overdoses. There's a scene involving sexual assault against a man, as well as swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), gun violence, a plane crash, and fighting. There's lots of Black representation, in both main and supporting roles, especially Morgan Freeman as a Black tech genius in his 80s who's working in STEM. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This engaging sci-fi ride puts a new twist on the time-travel conceit. In 57 Seconds, time travel is used more like a drug instead of a mathematical concept (which means that viewers who usually aren't interested in time travel stories might be able to watch without getting a headache). Hutcherson does a great job as Franklin, bringing empathy and humanity to a role that could have been seen as underbaked. The same goes for Freeman and Simone -- their characters aren't written deeply, especially Freeman's, but their acting ability adds depth to what was likely on the page. Freeman's character is very mysterious, but, thankfully, Freeman grounds the role with his own gravitas. Overall, 57 Seconds is a fine film to watch on a Friday night.
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