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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Abused wife seeks revenge in offensive, violent comedy.

Movie NR 2022 134 minutes
Darlings Movie

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+
What a wonderful movie ,excellent casting,characters are great and acting is fantastic of each and every actor .Hats off to Alia Bhatt for making such a bold movie and adding humour to such a dark storyline no wonder she is the best actress of her generation I don't think anybody of her age can pull of such roles with so much ease and perfection be it highway,raazi ,gangubai or this marvelous
age 12+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The idea of playing domestic abuse for comedy is offensive and unjustifiable, and for those reasons Darlings fails badly from the start. Aiming for humor, the movie is often flippant about abuse, which feels utterly inappropriate. Why does it take two hours for Badru to figure out that if she does to Hamza what he did to her, she is just as bad as he is? Hamza is a terrible, unredeemable person, but once Badru starts plotting his torture and even murder, how is she any better? And how is any of it funny? How does making the cops stupid help? Would she really rather murder her husband than imprison him?

Other ugly points of view are treated as acceptable. Someone says that the cure for India's population problem is a program of forced sterilization. Someone else praises China's one-child policy, which resulted in the murder of unwanted babies. A woman says that men who hit women are cowards. Why aren't women who hit men just as cowardly? (By the way, the man in question promptly responds to the "coward" accusation by giving the woman a bloody nose.) It's ridiculous to imagine that an abused woman who can't let the police take her husband to jail is capable of tying him to railroad tracks and leaving him to get mangled by a train. In that way, the movie mocks victims of abuse unforgivably.

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