Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Slow, enigmatic character study with nudity, violence.

NR 2018 148 minutes

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age 18+


The movie is slow but keeps you going. You never know when it turns. Korean movies are now quite interesting. The actors are good.

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Great role models
age 15+


Burning is one of the most interesting films of 2018 that I've seen. It tells the story of an aspiring writer who investigates the disappearance of his childhood friend (and now girlfriend), suspecting her new friend is involved; Steven Yeun really impresses in his role as the charismatic friend. Burning takes its time to tell its story, as the plot only kicks in over an hour into the film. Content-wise, the main concern is the sexual content. There are three scenes of masturbation, two involving the protagonist and the other involving a handjob. There is also a sex scene involving upper body nudity, including the man putting on a condom. A woman dances topless, and a man strips naked; we see his buttocks. That being said, we do NOT see the man's penis in any of these six scenes. Additionally, characters smoke pot, a man is stabbed to death with some bloody detail, and the f-word is used once.

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Too much sex

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