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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters are mostly English. Some very basic representations of different nationalities and ethnicities could be considered stereotypes: the cynical American man, the mysterious Chinese woman, the vivacious Spanish woman, the witty Londoner, etc.
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Violence & Scariness
Silhouette of someone stabbing someone else repeatedly to their death, followed by blood on a knife. A character is discovered dead in the nearby woods. Some off-screen murders; blood. Character talks of how he killed a man he witnessed beating his wife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Infrequent mild language: "hell," "bastard," exclamatory use of "Jesus" and "Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is a heavy smoker and whiskey drinker. Characters drink cocktails, whiskey, wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Invitation to a Murder is a 2023 mystery in which a London florist accepts an invitation to the mansion of a billionaire where one of the guests will be murdered. It's set in the 1930s, and one of the characters is a heavy cigarette smoker. There is also some whiskey, cocktail, and wine drinking throughout. Viewers see the silhouette of someone stabbing someone else repeatedly to their death, followed by blood on a knife. A character is discovered dead in the nearby woods. Some off-screen murders occur, with blood shown. A character talks of how he killed a man he witnessed beating his wife. There's brief kissing, and infrequent mild language includes "hell," "bastard," and exclamations of "Jesus" and "Christ." 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 is a standard whodunit murder mystery, somewhat derivative but still reasonably entertaining. Invitation to a Murder definitely pushes the limits of suspension of disbelief, and some of the characters -- mystery archetypes all -- skirt dangerously close to clichés and stereotyping, though it doesn't quite cross over. Overall, the movie tries to place itself in the tradition of classic murder mysteries and novels, even if it doesn't distinguish itself from the classics that clearly inspired it.
It's fine, but there's not enough suspense, not enough wit. Most of the characters are forgettable, except for the bookish florist lead character and the cynical American journalist. Still, teens just getting into the mystery genre are likely to enjoy it.
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