A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Work hard to uncover the truth.
Positive Role Models
Rebeca must work twice as hard to prove herself as the only female detective.
Set in Colombia with a Colombian cast. Lead character is a female detective trying to navigate working entirely around men at all levels of law enforcement. One of the secondary characters is a transgendered hairstylist.
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Violence & Scariness
Story centers on a double murder of a well-known stylist and his mother that is originally believed to be a double suicide. Bodies found in a bed; some blood. Lead character gets aggression out by smashing a fire extinguisher repeatedly into a windshield.
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Dramatic use of "motherf--ker" in one scene. Also: "f--k," "bulls--t," "damn," "pissed," "son of a bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some talk about taking drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crime Diaries: The Celebrity Stylist is a 2023 Colombian true crime movie in which a detective must determine who killed a well-known stylist and his mother. The double murders are originally thought to be a double suicide; both bodies are found in a bed with a suicide note. Some bloodstains. In a moment of frustration, a lead character smashes a windshield repeatedly with a fire extinguisher. Some strong language, including a dramatic use of "motherf--ker" and "f--k," "bulls--t," "damn," "pissed," and "son of a bitch." Talk about using drugs. Loosely based/inspired by true events. 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 is a flat rendering of a sensationalized true crime story loosely based on real events. In Crime Diaries: The Celebrity Stylist the killer is all but revealed less than halfway through the first act. This formula of working backwards from knowing who the killer is early on works for, say, Columbo or Poker Face, but there's nothing particularly clever about what happened, and not a lot to uncover.
So the murders aren't solved through brilliant deduction or plot twists, but through hard work (and forensics). There's a barely developed side story involving the lead character, Rebeca, as a career-driven detective trying to succeed in a patriarchal power structure, but, like the main story, it doesn't feel fully developed or engaging. The whole thing, true or not, comes across as uninspired.
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