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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie centers on the cover-up of a murder and the dark secrets of a fishing village.
Positive Role Models
Nearly all of the lead characters either commit terrible acts or are hiding dark secrets.
Violence & Scariness
Character stabbed in the throat with a harpoon and killed. Attempted sexual assault. Drunk driving, resulting in a crash. Death by suffocation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A bed-and-breakfast is actually a house of prostitution -- sounds of sex through the ceiling of the owner's office in some scenes. Vintage black-and-white photograph of a nude woman from the 1920s, full frontal.
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Frequent profanity. "F--k" used often. "C--t," "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "s--t," "bitches," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocaine use. Binge drinking. Drunk driving. Vaping. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blow the Man Down is a crime dramedy in which the cover-up of a murder by two sisters reveals the dark secrets in a quaint New England fishing village. There are some moments of graphic violence, including a death by a harpoon to the throat. One of the lead characters wards off the beginnings of a sexual assault. Drunk driving results in an accident. Characters use cocaine in one scene, and there's binge drinking in a bar as well as cigarette smoking. Sounds of sex come through the ceiling in the office of a bed-and-breakfast. Viewers see a vintage black-and-white photograph of a nude woman from the 1920s, full frontal. Frequent strong profanity includes "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Similar to the best of the Coen Brothers movies, this film does a fantastic job of weaving the local color of the setting into the fabric of the story. Easter Cove, Maine, the setting of Blow the Man Down, is practically a character itself. It's quaint, austere, and hardscrabble, and there's a sense that there's something dark at work in this place in nearly every scene. There's a style to it reminiscent of Fargo, and not just because Easter Cove also has a Paul Bunyan as one of its landmarks. The women in the movie, not unlike Marge Gunderson, are in charge here, and the men are oblivious or oafish at best, and stupid and violent at worst.
The women contend with the aftermath of bad actions borne out of desperate situations. When the story takes hold and the dark secrets begin to be revealed, any Coen Brothers allusions are forgotten, and the movie stands on its own. There are also some darkly funny moments. In an early scene in the "bed-and-breakfast," Enid, the owner, works in her office, seemingly oblivious to the sounds of passion filtering through the ceiling. By the initial appearance of the B&B, it's easy enough to imagine this as the product of a romantic getaway, but then we soon realize that the reality is far different. It's an absorbing story, filled with menace, suspense, and wicked humor. It's just not meant for kids.
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