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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Amanda Knox's parents are portrayed as faithful and devoted to their daughter to the end; everyone else in the movie is presented with questionable motives.
Violence & Scariness
Reenactment of the grisly murder from multiple theories and angles ranging from a woman writhing on the floor with a slit throat, covered in blood and gasping, to scenes of a woman being held, stabbed, and possibly raped, to frequently shown morgue photos of a woman's throat injuries. A body is shown discovered on the floor, bloody, covered by a blanket. Drops of blood in the bathroom and graphic descriptions of the scene and crime from multiple theories and angles throughout, including at the trial for dramatic effect.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent descriptions of theories of the crime, including whether the victim was raped or had consensual sex. Amanda Knox and her boyfriend are shown canoodling, kissing, in bed together presumably after intercourse, and recounting making love in her interrogation as part of her alibi. Discussions of HIV/AIDS, as well as a forced recounting of Knox's sexual history.
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"Brat," "slut" (said jokingly between female friends).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Celebratory champagne; reference to guys dealing hash and weed; drinking at a bar; smoking cigarettes in bed; multiple references to smoking joints.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy is a dramatic, graphic biopic recounting the real-life murder of English student Meredith Kercher in 2007 while she was studying abroad in Italy and the trial of her American roommate, Amanda Knox, and Knox's Italian boyfriend. Much like an episode of Unsolved Mysteries, it recounts the crime in frequent flashbacks and from multiple angles and theories over and over again, so there is bloodshed and frequent, graphic descriptions of the weapon, method, and motive, often showing a woman being stabbed and possibly raped in multiple scenes. There also are frequent references to drug dealing, smoking joints, having sex, and some inappropriate affection between Knox and her boyfriend during emotionally heavy moments. There's also a lot of intense questioning and crying during interrogation. Not much here that you likely didn't already read from news reports, and much too disturbing for young kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's a jumbled work that trades insight for sensation, and whatever interesting questions could be raised about this notorious trial aren't given enough room to breathe. The film chooses to simply rehash everything in gory detail and let viewers decide for themselves. No one knows what really happened the night of the Meredith Kercher murder in Perugia, Italy, in November of 2007, and unfortunately, nothing in the film gets us any closer to finding out.
Instead, we have a sensational amount of graphic detail and bloodshed, a decent turn by Hayden Panetteire, but a biopic so fascinated with the lurid detail that we never get a sense of these characters other than what feels like a lot of straight-from-the-headlines patchwork after the fact. And because there's so much real-life disturbing detail about this murder, which was thought to be everything from a drug deal gone bad, to a violent group sex orgy gone bad, to a simple argument between flatmates gone bad, it's just a sickening watch from start to finish, with Knox's alleged weird behavior tossed in just enough to make you question her sanity, if not guilt. Unless you have a vested interest in seeing what you've likely already read years ago, it's probably not worth watching.
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