A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows that you can overcome impossible odds and take action to help save yourself and those you love -- but you may face steep losses as a result. In movie's world, violence is fairly random; a certain underlying cruelty makes it hard to like.
Positive Role Models
Becky is hot-tempered and sulky, but also strong-willed and ferocious, stepping up without hesitating and going to any length to stop her attackers. But she sometimes seems to relish violence and revenge. She feels somewhat disconnected from others, and it's hard to feel much enthusiasm over her victories, given her monumental losses.
Violence & Scariness
Major characters die. Dogs are hit, shot, killed. Gory corpses. Torn-open head. Guns and shooting, some of it by a teen. Tons of blood, flying guts. Character shot in leg. Teen hit in face with board, punched by large man, choked, slammed to ground. A character is stabbed in the eye; the eyeball dangles out of its socket, is sliced off. Other violent acts include characters being burned in the face, stabbed in the stomach with a hot skewer, repeatedly stabbed with a ruler and a bunch of sharp pencils, ground up in an outboard motor, burned with gasoline and fire, stabbed with nails. A character is beaten in prison. Punching and fighting. Screaming. Child in peril. Nazi imagery. Scenes in hospital; cancer patient. Car crash.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss and talk about getting married.
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Extreme language, with tons of uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and "son of a bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Scene in a convenience store shows Rockstar energy drink and Mike & Ike candy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Becky is an extremely violent thriller about a teen (Lulu Wilson) who tries to defend herself and her family from a band of escaped criminals. Violence is frequent and explicit, with guns and shooting, heavy blood and gore (including eyeballs popping out and being sliced off, and characters being stabbed by pencils, burned, and mangled by outboard motors and lawnmowers). Both humans and dogs die, a teen is hit several times and choked, a woman is shot in the leg, and there are various scenes of punching and fighting. Language is also extremely strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch." Characters kiss and talk about wanting to get married. Kevin James co-stars as the lead villain. 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 bloody, grisly thriller is, in some ways, well-crafted and entertaining, but it also neglects its characters and, more than once, crosses a line and goes a little too far. Co-directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion (Cooties, Bushwick), Becky is basically a Die Hard-type story in which one loose cannon disrupts a well-planned criminal effort. The movie manages the right pace to provide thrills and shocks. And it's definitely satisfying to see the lead character, with her big, blue eyes and fluffy puppy-dog hat, never hesitating as she fearlessly dispatches all of the villains.
But the movie also has faults, and those tend to leave a sour aftertaste. Becky leaves open a few too many questions about its characters, such as how long Becky's father waited to start dating and to think about marriage again. Also, who are the three toughs that go along with Dominik, and why do they follow his orders? Basically, the connections between characters are tenuous, and even Becky -- who's constantly angry at her father -- seems disconnected from everyone but her dog. Finally, death is treated a little too casually. The lives of major characters -- and even animals -- are ended without much fanfare, and it feels like this movie sometimes goes past entertainment and to the edge of cruelty.
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