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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie seems to be saying that relationships can't work because people are ultimately too selfish and shallow. Rewards here are monetary rather than emotional.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a vicious, hateful person who blames her troubles on others. The main male character performs one generous gesture but otherwise doesn't seem to care much about others, either; he's very passive-aggressive.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting in one scene. Attack with an axe. Bloody wounds, brief blood spray. Characters die. Car crashes into an RV trailer. Couple shouts and fights/grapples.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief sex scenes include thrusting and naked male bottom. Kissing. Naked man climbs into a tub (bottom shown). Brief sex talk.
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Very strong language throughout, including "f--k," "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "bastard," "dumbass," "damn," "hell," "d--k," and "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character smokes cigarettes. In a few scenes, her apartment is littered with empty alcohol bottles, but drinking isn't actually shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Acrimony is a Tyler Perry-written and -directed drama about a doomed marriage in which one partner (Lyriq Bent) winds up making a fortune and the other (Taraji P. Henson) tries to get revenge. Violence includes a scene with a gun and shooting, an axe attack, some bloody wounds and blood sprays, and shouting/fighting. A character also crashes a car into an RV trailer. Sex scenes include thrusting and naked buttocks, as well as kissing. Language is very strong, with many uses of "motherf----r," "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," and more. The main character smokes cigarettes, and an array of empty alcohol bottles is shown, although drinking isn't actually shown. 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 endless, crushingly serious drama explores a disintegrating marriage between two shallow, selfish partners, and then, for its ridiculous third act, it turns into an awful thriller. Writer/director Tyler Perry's Acrimony may have a highbrow-sounding title, but it nevertheless aims for the lowest common denominator. It has nothing to say except that people are pretty much fundamentally awful, and there's nothing to be done about it. Robert is a parasite who passively aggressively sucks the life out of Melinda, and she's a hateful, miserable woman, bent only on her own satisfaction.
Spending any time with these two would be a trial, but Perry asks us to sit for a full, painful two hours. Robert eventually makes a gesture that seems to come from genuine regret and kindness, but it doesn't go far as the ludicrous plot mechanisms kick in for the brain-dead finale. Henson is a fine actor, and she seems to have worked hard here, as have some of her co-stars, but unfortunately, their efforts are wasted in a movie that may leave viewers feeling hopeless and lousy. Not even the occasional music of Nina Simone helps to add any heart or soul.
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