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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
When people break up with you, they may not give you the real reason; you need to accept it.
The action takes place in Spain with a Spanish cast. The director trades in stereotypes about the cluelessness of men and the scheming nature of women.
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"F--k," "s--t," "damn," "bastard," "balls," "pubes," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Calvario is a Spanish-language 12-minute short (with English subtitles) about a man whose girlfriend leaves him. He assumes it's because he's going bald, and his dejection attracts the attention of an intervening bald guru, who tries to teach confidence and coolness. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "bastard," "balls," and "pubes." Adults drink alcohol. There are some stereotypes about the cluelessness of men and the scheming nature of women. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Calvario is drenched in cheeky snideness. Calvary was the site of the crucifixion, so read into the title what you like. It could be a commentary on rampant self-absorption, and there's plenty of that here. Beyond that, this feels like a quick-paced, well-made music video or infomercial, even a long TikTok post. It's tight and clever but superficial. Mostly this feels like a calling card, a resume sent out by a young director in search of funding for a feature-length project.
According to the movie's Kickstarter page, 78 backers pledged around $8,000 to fund the venture. The director offered donors everything from Minoxidil spray to an anti-hair loss prescription. For the grand sum of around $3,000, donors were offered an executive producer credit and a "luxury clinic" hair transplant. Regardless, it's unlikely to interest most teens.
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