Becky

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Extremely violent teen-driven thriller edges toward cruelty.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Characters kiss and talk about getting married.

Language

Extreme language, with tons of uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and "son of a bitch."

Consumerism

Scene in a convenience store shows Rockstar energy drink and Mike & Ike candy.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMica D'Queen June 9, 2020
"Becky" is one of the best thriller movies I have seen in a long time. At first I thought it was going to be cheesy but as the film goes on I couldn... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKidReviews2020 June 8, 2020

I really enjoyed this movie!!

I think the movie was really good at times (so good I might watch it again) the movie had top notch gore and sad moments at the same time which made the movie k... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIloveblue July 5, 2020
This film is really good although it is quite violent it is a good quality film.

What's the story?

In BECKY, strong-willed teen Becky (Lulu Wilson) is still getting over her mother's death when her father, Jeff (Joel McHale), decides to take her to their lake house for the weekend. But Jeff has a surprise. He's also invited his girlfriend, Kayla (Amanda Brugel), and Kayla's young son, Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe). Then, Jeff announces at dinner that he and Kayla want to get married. Becky storms out to her tree house to sulk. Meanwhile, four dangerous prisoners -- led by swastika-tattooed Dominik (Kevin James) -- have escaped and are on the loose. They're looking for something that Becky has, and they're not afraid to take out anyone who gets in their way.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Becky. How did it make you feel? Is it intended to shock? How much is directed against women? What impact does that have?

  • Would Becky's actions be considered self-defense or revenge? Or both? What's the difference?

  • Does the movie go too far in the on-screen violence against animals?

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