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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bizarre, unsettling, futuristic satire about advertising.

Movie R 2012 106 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Visually Fun

My teenagers and I, actually found this film to be a bit entertaining. It was visually interesting but, the plot seemed to lag a bit. There were important messages that were attempted. But, some people may not have caught them, due to the very surrealistic scenes. But, if you're really into science fiction and conspiracy theories, this will be good to see.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

Certainly the topic of marketing and advertising is ripe for satirizing, probably more so now than ever before, and BRANDED gets points for bringing up some great ideas. But the movie is so strange and off-putting that it's not likely to gain much traction. Moreover, satire usually implies at least a little bit of humor, and Branded is mostly humorless -- if it was ever actually trying to be funny, then it fails. If a satire should be pointed, then this movie is more on the dull side.

Part of the problem is that Branded spends far too much time setting itself up, wasting time on details that never go anywhere. The "cleansing ritual" sequence in particular seems to take up an entire reel, when it could have been presented far more succinctly. And then there's the fact that the entire production has a queasy tone -- especially in the presentation of those hideous monsters during the final stretch -- making it hard to get too excited about its ideas. Viewers may never want to eat food again.

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