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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
One of the characters is assaulted across the groin area with a butane torch; the attack is shown from behind and not overly graphic. Guns pulled. One of the characters is beaten up, shown injured and dazed in the aftermath. A dog is left inside a vehicle that blows up after being set on fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passenger in a ride sharing vehicle, when he finds out that the driver lives with his aunt, makes an inappropriate joke, asking if the "aunt makes you horny." Passenger in a ride sharing vehicle wants to go to a strip club.
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"F--k" often used. Frequent profanity in general: "C--k," "s--t," "bastard," "hell." Racist bellboy refers to Asian passengers as "Orientals."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking throughout the movie. Marijuana smoking in one scene. Martini drinking in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boi is a 2019 Spanish mystery-thriller in which a chauffeur tries to figure out his life and the strange behaviors of a pair of Chinese clients. There's consistent profanity throughout, including "f--k" used several times. A racist bellboy refers to Asian passengers as "Orientals." Characters smoke cigarettes; marijuana smoking in one scene. Brief violence, including a scene in which the bad guys assault one of the lead characters by firing a butane torch across his groin region (filmed from behind), and a scene in which a dog is left in a car that's set on fire and explodes. References to strip clubs and being horny. The film's slow pace and content makes it best for mature teens and older. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Boi is an ambitious mystery-thriller that doesn't quite fulfill everything it's trying to do. Centered on a struggling writer at a crossroads as he tries to figure out what he wants out of life, Boi careens from dark thriller to magical realism, from coming-of-age portrait to cultural and personal disconnect, but never really makes any of them completely work, and never stays in one lane long enough to maintain a sustained interest beyond the hope that Boi someday finds success in love and in writing.
It's not a bad movie, but it does get bogged down by trying to do so much at once. Rather than enhancing the central story (or at least the most central story), the "weird" moments -- dream realities, shaky sped-up montages of driving through Barcelona, bizarre coffee commercials -- distract from what is already quite a bit for our lead character. There's nothing wrong with playing with the expectations of forms and genres, but when the play overwhelms everything else, the lack of focus starts to wear on one's nerves.
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