Agatha and the Truth of Murder

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Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Enjoyable murder mystery has some blood and strong language.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 92 minutes

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Positive Messages

You can't live only for your obsession, but you can't hide from it, either. You need to confront it and find a way to live without it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Agatha and Mabel are good role models for persistence, quick thinking, and facing the truth when it's time to move on, even when they're not sure how they can move on. There's one character of color. 

Violence

Two murder victims are seen, one with blood dripping down her head and face (after viewers see a bludgeon rise and fall), and the other face-down with a bullet hole and blood on the back of his shirt. Past physical abuse is mentioned.

Sex

A few depictions of mild romantic feelings. One of the mysteries involves a same-sex couple in a long-term relationship.

Language

Once or twice each, "f--king," "d--k," and "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few instances of characters smoking cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Agatha and the Truth of Murder is a mystery that speculates where the famed author Agatha Christie was during an 11-day period when she disappeared in real life. Two murder victims are shown, one with blood streaming down her face and another with a bloody bullet wound in his back. The only other violence is mention of past physical abuse. One mystery involves a same-sex couple, and the only other sexual content is a couple showing mild romantic feelings toward each other. Strong language is rare but includes "f--king" and "d--k." A couple of characters smoke cigarettes, although infrequently.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byAarana January 10, 2021

not much to it.

this film, I thought was not a 12, more like a fifteen or for fourteen year olds, there were a lot more swear words used, and much more frequently that common s... Continue reading

What's the story?

AGATHA AND THE TRUTH OF MURDER speculates about what happened to famed mystery author Agatha Christie when, in real life, she disappeared for 11 days in 1926. With her marriage on the rocks and a serious case of writer's block, Christie decides to help solve a murder by going undercover at a country estate. She gathers all the suspects under the guise of settling an inheritance. But she may have taken things too far when one of her suspects is himself murdered. When the police get involved, it's only a matter of time before Christie's scheme is uncovered. Can she solve both murders before the jig is up, and get her life and writing together when she gets home?

Is it any good?

Mystery fans are sure to enjoy this imagining of what happened when famed author Agatha Christie disappeared in real life, with its generous sprinkling of touches that make mysteries fun. First and foremost, of course, is that Agatha and the Truth of Murder is a classic whodunit, with ample suspects and red herrings. Then there's the scene where Agatha goes to none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, finds him on a golf course, and asks him for help with her writing. There's the decaying country estate where all the suspects are gathered. And there's also the long-suffering local police inspector with a gruff exterior who's really an old softie.

The acting is solid and the script keeps things moving at a good pace until the reveal, so that even if you figure it out early on, you can still enjoy the ride. Mystery fans will enjoy this very "meta" entry in the crowded field of made-for-TV mysteries. Brief depictions of blood, mature subjects, and rare strong language make it best for teens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mysteries like Agatha and the Truth of Murder. Why are they so popular?

  • Have you read any Agatha Christie novels? If so, which one was your favorite? If not, would you like to now?

  • What are some of your favorite mysteries? Do you like reading or watching them better? Why?

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