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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Set in a criminal underworld, there are few if any positive messages. Violence, stealing, extortion, and coercion are common throughout.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are gangsters in 1960s England. They fight with another gang to control the underworld of a seaside town and also attempt to cover up a murder. Central to the gang is Pinkie Brown, an enforcer with psychotic tendencies. Pinkie lies constantly about the violence he commits to those who have his confidence. Two female characters, Ida and Rose, show compassion and caring for others. But Rose also takes money that is not hers to buy a dress. She attempts to find strength through her faith and Pinkie also claims to do this. Very little diversity among the main cast.
Violence & Scariness
Characters fight with flick-knives and razors. Stab wounds to body and neck. Faces cuts, bloody injuries, scars, and on-screen deaths. Character beaten to death with a rock. Character's hand pinched. References to a character losing an eye in an acid attack and hanging as capital punishment. Rival gangs fight in the street. Character shown missing an eye after an attack. Characters discuss a suicide pact. Burns and gouging after exposure to sulfuric acid. Character reacts angrily when they have their romantic advances spurned.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting and courting. Kissing. During a sexual encounter, a character roughly handles someone by the neck while placing their hand up their skirt and between their legs. Character seen shirtless in bed. Another is seen topless from the back, then wearing a revealing nightdress.
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Language used includes "f--king," "gobshites," "f--k," "bitches," "c--ts," and "bleeding" as an exclamation. Police referred to as "the filth."
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Products & Purchases
Character discusses gambling losses. Someone is gifted a gramophone. Gangsters extort money from local business owners. A dowry is given to a parent ahead of a marriage. A character resides in a luxury hotel.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol in moderation in pubs. Characters offered cigarettes and someone smokes a cigar. Allusions to a character's alcoholism.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brighton Rock is a 2010 adaption of Graham Greene's classic book, and a remake of a 1948 version, and includes vicious violence and strong language throughout. Sam Riley stars as Pinkie Brown, a psychotic young gangster wanted for murder. Alongside Pinkie, most of the cast are remorseless gangsters who kill, maim, extort, and intimidate others to get what they want. The exceptions being Ida (Helen Mirren) and Rose (Andrea Riseborough) who both show genuine concern for others. Violence is frequent and bloody, as the main characters tend to fight using either flick-knives or straight-edge razors to cut their victims. The most serious injury involves a character losing an eye, while another is beaten to death with a rock. Pinkie and Rose become romantically involved, and though no actual sex is shown, Pinkie is shown roughly placing his hand between Rose's legs. Both Rose and Pinkie discuss their Roman Catholic faith including consummating a relationship after marriage. Though drinking and smoking is depicted, it is intermittent and not shown to excess, and is consistent with the film's 1960s setting. 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 second movie adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel lacks the 1948 original's stylish film noir atmosphere and performances. Director Rowan Joffe also wrote this 2010 version of Brighton Rock, which transplants the action to 1960s seaside Britain. But he does little with the notorious mods and rockers -- two rival British subcultures so associated with the city and era -- with Pinkie and the other gangsters feeling bolted onto the city in which they operate, rather than being integral to it.
Joffe's attempt to expand the role of Rose only creates an awkward, unconvincing romance between her and Pinkie, and a character that lacks any real consistency. Riley is miscast in the lead role too. He's too old and not menacing enough. He's also partially hamstrung by a script that tries to reintroduce more of the original book's questions about faith and fate to little dramatic effect. The supporting cast fair better, with Helen Mirren making the most of her turn as Ida, the movie's moral center. With the superior 1948 film -- and the original book -- available, this haphazard version is best forgotten.
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