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Batman & Harley Quinn

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Noir superhero story has sex, cursing, and violence.

Movie PG-13 2017 74 minutes
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Perhaps this is an attempt to move beyond the well-worn themes of moral ambiguity and cynical disdain so prevalent in the other "noir" Batman movies. Perhaps those involved with Batman & Harley Quinn believed the best way to do this was to present an antihero who has a New York accent that makes Fran Drescher sound like an upper-crust Downton Abbey heiress, and who has sex with Nightwing, talks of vibrators, farts in the Batmobile, and performs a painful karaoke version of Blondie's "Hangin' on the Telephone." Take the idea of vigilante justice away from the superheroes and give it to supervillains with an ecoterrorist bent. Revel in all that's possible, now that the Batman character is better known as the sullen enigma lurking in the gray areas of right and wrong than as the Adam West 1960s incarnation.

Does it work? Yes and no. While it's somewhat refreshing to bring some off-color levity to a series that often wallows in ponderous explorations of the dark sides of humanity, the humor often feels smug, glib, self-indulgent. And the Dr. Phil-style daytime talk-show parody comes off as cruel rather than funny. In the context of a story in which men sexually harass or make suggestive remarks about Harley Quinn, it seems there would be a male victim of her American Gladiator-style obstacle course more deserving than an emasculated, lonely, and depressed middle-aged cuckold with several cats for pets. However, some of the humor works, and it's nice to see depictions of females as more than mere mortals or the Amazonian projections of an animator's male gaze.

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