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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Too ridiculous to have positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Too cartoonish to have positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Dinosaurs frequently attack humans, biting off their heads, eating their entrails. Blood and gore. Characters fight dinosaurs with guns, rifles, shotguns. Fistfights. Character talks of how he used to beat his girlfriend while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman start to get undressed; the man says he wants to "do it raptor-style." Four young women drive to a swimming hole, strip to their bikinis, and get in the water while talking of skinny-dipping. A male friend of theirs shows up with his cowboy hat in front of his crotch, presumably hiding an erection.
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Occasional mild profanity: "hell," "goddamn," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In a jail cell, a drunk man vomits repeatedly on the floor and into a bucket, slurs his speech, and stumbles. One of the lead characters makes reference to "(falling) into drugs and alcohol."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cowboys Vs. Dinosaurs is a 2015 movie in which the title pretty much says it all. Unsurprisingly, there is frequent blood and gore once the CGI dinosaurs are unleashed on Montana; characters are attacked and bloodied with their entrails exposed and often eaten by these merciless prehistoric creatures. The cowboys fight back with guns, rifles, shotguns, and propane tanks. A man and woman start to get undressed; the man says he wants to "do it raptor-style." Four young women strip to their bikinis and consider going skinny-dipping. A male friend puts his cowboy hat in front of his crotch, presumably hiding an erection. There's some mild profanity: "hell," "goddamn," "ass." There's also an extremely drunk man in a holding cell throwing up on the floor and in buckets, stumbling, and slurring his speech. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
COWBOYS VS. DINOSAURS continues the SyFy Channel's trend of seeing how far the viewing public is willing to go to suspend its disbelief in the name of mindless entertainment. Though the premise is ridiculous, the dialogue cheesy, and the action ludicrous, the real problem is that there really isn't anything unexpected in this attempt at the "so bad, it's good" genre. For instance, will anyone be surprised to see a cowboy riding a stegosaurus, rodeo-style?
Though the self-awareness in Sharknado was as entertaining as the other hilariously absurd elements to that movie, by this point that same self-awareness seems stale. In a cable-television landscape polluted with reality freak shows that might as well all be called Alaska's Deadliest Truck Improvement Amish Gypsy Home Flippers, how is a deliberately bad B-movie supposed to stand out? This movie is predictable in its idiocy, which makes it guilty of the worst crime of all with movies like these: being boring.
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