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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though the movie makes violence seem exciting and cheer-worthy, it also shows that violence leads down a path to destruction. It's supportive of those attempting to quit alcohol or drugs. The topic of immigration is addressed, with multiple perspectives.
Positive Role Models
John is a father who's made many mistakes but is trying to correct them the best he can. He risks everything to protect his daughter and tries to get her on the right path, too (this includes both of them giving up alcohol and drugs). He exhibits extremely violent behavior but does pay a price for it.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy, frequent use of guns and shooting, with bloody wounds. Major characters die. Fighting and punching. A man punches a woman, and men treat women roughly in other scenes. Hand-stabbing. Ear-biting. Frequent threats of violence. Explosions, car crashes, truck crashes, trailer crashes. Reference to rape. Nazi imagery shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, brief flirting.
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Strong, frequent language includes multiple uses of "f--k," plus "motherf----r," "c---sucker," "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "a coon's age," and "swear to God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen girl is addicted to drugs; she snorts coke and is shown drunk. She carries packages of drugs and a bottle of booze in her bag. Minor characters are associated with the drug trade. A main character is a recovering alcoholic; he gets uncomfortable looking at bottles of booze in a bar. A character smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood Father is an intense, mature action film starring Mel Gibson as a father trying to protect his teen daughter. Expect lots of guns and shooting, with bloody wounds and character deaths. Violence also includes constant threats, some fighting, and several crashes and explosions. There are consequences for the violence, but it's also presented in a way that seems intended to make audiences cheer for the death and destruction. Language is extremely strong, with many uses of "f--k" and lots of other words. Both father and daughter are addicts; he's a recovering alcoholic, and she's shown both drunk and snorting cocaine before she quits. A couple kisses, and there's some flirting. The movie does touch on some themes/messages that are worthy of discussion, but it's still only recommended for older teens and up. 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 well-made action-chase movie could have easily fallen apart along its well-worn story grooves, but nifty characters and electric dialogue, along with intense action, keep it alive. It's been decades since Mel Gibson has found a role that really fits him well, but he does it in Blood Father, indulging in his penchant for slapdash humor, pent-up rage, and martyrdom in a way that feels familiar, as if this were a Lethal Weapon movie.
Gibson's onscreen chemistry with Moriarty is strong enough to pull us in, and a roster of character actors add splashes of color; in other words, the scenes without fighting and shooting are just as interesting as the ones with them. It's sometimes easy to see the plot mechanics kicking into gear, but director Jean-Francois Richet (Assault on Precinct 13) and screenwriters Andrea Berloff and Peter Craig (who adapted Craig's novel) keep things tightly paced and coiled.
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