A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Given the degree of blood, violence, gore, and misogyny, there are no positive messages in the film.
Positive Role Models
Central male characters -- Ranvijay, and his enemy Abrar -- continually obsess over crime and business, using women as mere objects.
All characters are Indian. The film problematically reduces women to tools and there is severe misogyny. A character is mute and another one is deaf, but their disabilities are sentimentalized, which is both patronizing and ignores some of the real challenges faced.
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Violence & Scariness
Intense bloody and gory violence throughout. Heated verbal disagreements and characters shout at one another in rage. A child is caned. Death threats are made. Guns, rifles, knives, grenades, axes, and many other weapons are used by characters to kill people on a large scale; excessive blood and gore during elaborate assassination sequences. An individual causes serious destruction and mass death with a machine gun. Someone's arm is chopped off, an individual is repeatedly stabbed in the face, and another person's throat slicing is elaborately shown. There is a lot of slapping, choking, punching, head banging, hitting, kicking. Characters drive rashly and vehicles are made to collide with one another deliberately. There are blasts. A character is seriously injured and hospitalized; they lose their ability to hear. Sexual harassment and domestic violence are joked about and present in numerous sequences. Women are coerced into sex, threatened with guns and harmed, choked, violently grabbed, and ridiculed. A character is diagnosed with cancer. There are elaborate conversations about medical procedures and the serious conditions of the patients.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual jokes. Characters are seen kissing, making out, and in multiple sequences, sex is implied, including someone being coerced into having it. Romance and flirting. People talk about pornography, infidelity, and prostitution. In one scene, a person roams around naked but their body is blurred.
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Repeated use of "f--k" and "f---ing." Other words include "shut up," "idiot," "crazy," "bastard," "get out," "dog," "pig," "monkey," "damn," "psycho," "sisterf----r," and "motherf----r."
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Products & Purchases
Characters live luxurious lifestyles and drive expensive cars.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke consistently throughout and there is a lot of drinking of alcohol too.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animal is an extremely violent Indian action drama full of gore, misogyny, and strong language. Ranbir Kapoor stars as Ranvijay Singh whose daddy issues and thirst for revenge lead him deep into a world of crime. The film has intense blood, gore, and violence throughout. Weapons such as machine guns, rifles knives, axes, and grenades are used to cause mass murder. A person's arm is cut off, someone is stabbed in the face with a knife multiple times, and there is an elaborate sequence where an individual's throat is sliced. Other violence includes physical brawls, choking, car crashes, violent blasts, and a child being hit with a cane in school. There is also domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and non-consensual sex is implied. Women are threatened, hit, choked, and guns are pointed at them. Characters kiss, make out, and someone cheats on their parter. There are also discussions about porn and prostitution. A character walks around without any clothes on but their body is blurred on the screen. Characters smoke excessively and are seen drinking too. Language includes "motherf----r," "f--k," and "f---ing." The film is in Hindi with English subtitles available. 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 crime and action drama, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, is a grotesque blood bath to its core. Animal glorifies aggression, machoism, and savagery to the extent that it forgets to have any sense or story. Filled to the brim with misogyny, the movie centers singularly around Ranbir Kapoor's repulsive Ranvijay. Any female characters are solely used for decoration and mere props, contributing nothing to the central action. Indeed not only do they barely have a voice, they are continually humiliated and ridiculed. What Vanga was hoping to say with this film is perhaps the most confusing element of this sorry adventure. During its painfully long three and a half hour runtime, one is never really given space to recognize or register why this tale is being told and why anyone should care. Beyond the never ending reign of bullets and butcherings, both Animal and Kapoor's vicious Ranvijay remain hollow.
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