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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's main theme is revenge, in a way that's as brutally violent as possible. But the film also seems to be asking viewers to think about why White supremacists seem more numerous, or at least bolder and more empowered, than at any other time in recent memory. It might be interesting to discuss how this hateful thinking comes about and what can possibly be done about it.
Positive Role Models
Becky is an undeniably powerful character, and the story goes fairly well for her. (She winds up as the youngest member of the CIA.) But her methods of brutal violence with NO consequences are hardly admirable, and no parent would want their child to follow in her blood-soaked, grief-and-loss-filled footsteps
The movie is full of White men, but they're White supremacists, and the movie is most certainly not on their side. Women are powerful forces here -- Becky, certainly, but also her friend Elena (Black actor Denise Burse), a CIA agent (White actor Kate Siegel), and the mastermind of the "Noble Men" (White actor Jill Larson). Two more Black characters appear early in the movie: a potential foster father for Becky, Ted Gibbs (Derek Gaines), and a foster care worker (who seems to be uncredited). A Latina character named Senator Hernandez is referred to as a potential target of the Noble Men.
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Violence & Scariness
Extreme, over-the-top violence, with killings and tons of blood and gore. Someone is shot and killed, with a pool of blood. A grenade taped inside a person's mouth explodes, spattering blood and gore everywhere. Character slashed with machete, blood spattering all over teen's face. Arrow shot through person's face (piercing his cheeks); it's yanked out, leaving two bloody holes. Character's feet and neck, caught in bear traps, with gurgling blood. Person smacked in face repeatedly, gurgling blood. Knife lodged in character's forehead. One person snaps another's neck. Person and vehicle blown up with rocket launcher. Teen's head bashed against wall, and she's knocked unconscious. Teen hit with tranquilizer dart. Person's neck sliced with broken plate. Dog hit with baseball bat (offscreen). Dog threatened. Dog attacks person, offscreen, with growling and squishing sounds. Arsenal of guns and other weapons. Threatening with guns. Shooting. Tear gas. Mace sprayed in the face. Head-butting. Broken, bleeding nose. Animated opening titles depict violent life on the street, with knives, etc. Vomiting. Violent events described in dialogue, talk about an insurrection, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex-related dialogue ("stripper name," "I would love to f--k your mom," etc.)
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Constant extreme language, with countless uses of "f--k," plus "motherf----r," "s--t," "s---stains," "a--hole," "c--t," "t-ts," "twat," "goddamn," "bitch," "Jesus," "peckerwood," "pencil d--k," "d--kless," "douchebags," "damn," "hell," "piss," "piss me off," "balls," "jackass," "dumbass," "whackjobs," "stupid," "idiot," "towelhead."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of Hot Topic, 4Chan, and Parler.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character smokes cigarettes while on oxygen tank. Casual/social drinking: beers and whiskey with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wrath of Becky is the superior sequel to 2020's Becky. The main character (Lulu Wilson), who's now 16, again finds herself tangling with White supremacists. Violence is over-the-top and extremely gory, including an exploding head, slashing with a machete, death by bear trap, an arrow through the face, guns and shooting, a knife in the head, use of a rocket launcher, punching, neck-snapping, and much, much more. Women are killed, and Becky is sometimes treated fairly roughly. Characters also swear constantly, with countless uses of "f--k" (and its various permutations), plus "s--t," "a--hole," "c--t," "t-ts," and a long list of other words, as well as some sex-related dialogue. Adults casually drink beer and whiskey, and one smokes cigarettes. There's a racist song and Nazi imagery (though the movie doesn't signal approve of any of it). This sequel is more gleeful and less cruel than the original, with a crisp pace and smart writing. 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 sequel to the uneven thriller Becky takes a firmer hold of its tone, gleefully embracing gore and dark humor, as well as offering a slightly older and less tragic main character. The Wrath of Becky -- now in the hands of writers and directors Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote -- is frankly less cruel than the original in which the 13-year-old Becky faced horrors that just seemed like too much. Now Becky is 16 and has become a survivor, a warrior who calls her own shots, which gives viewers more confidence in her.
Plus, the villains are once again despicable White supremacists who sing racist songs and wear shirts with slogans like "My Pronoun Is 'Patriot.'" Becky shrugs and decides that, even though it feels like the world has lost its bearings and there's not much she can do to change it, she can at least do it a little favor. Angel and Coote's dialogue is sharp and funny, and they cook up several surprise situations, running through it all with expert pacing. Both the opening shot -- a goofy lawn sprinkler wiggling to the tune of Carl Orff's "Gassenhauer" -- and the final shot, which involves a rocket launcher, feel flawlessly chosen. The Wrath of Becky may not be very deep, but it comes together with a deeply satisfying snap.
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