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Parents' Guide to

Black Widow (1987)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dated '80s crime drama has nudity, strong language.

Movie R 1987 102 minutes
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Despite strong performances from the two main stars, this thriller comes across as more of a plodding crime drama. Instead of creating suspense over whodunnit, or even about the true identity of the villain, the plot lingers too long on things that don't really matter. This makes it harder to appreciate the real meat of the story, which ought to have been the relationship between Barnes and the Black Widow. A few scenes here and there with cheesy, clunky dialogue don't help, either.

The production quality feels more like a very special episode of Magnum, P.I. than a feature film, and the nudity comes across as an unsuccessful attempt to add sophistication. Teens may be drawn to it, but even older teens who can handle it won't find much else to hold their interest. The ending does have a surprise or two, and it's nice to see a strong female heroine on her own in the last shot instead of in someone's arms.

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