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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family are the people who love you and care for you, and it's worth fighting to stay together. Friends stay loyal and help each other through thick and thin.
Positive Role Models
Daryl is always polite and helpful. He's very concerned about others' feelings and will do anything for his family's happiness. Turtle is a loyal friend who helps Daryl navigate new surroundings. Daryl's foster parents are loving and patiently teach Daryl and are anxious to adopt him permanently. The bad-guy scientist comes to appreciate Daryl's capacities and is willing to make sacrifices for him.
Violence & Scariness
A man deliberately drives himself over a cliff, fatally crashing. A gunshot wound is shown with blood; large spots of blood are seen on surgical scrubs. Law enforcement and military personnel fire guns and rifles. A car chase involves several crashes. One sad death scene is not gory.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two quick kisses, one on the cheek.
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"Hell" on a bumper sticker, "Chrissake," "pecker," and "damn" once each. A couple uses of "s--t" and "ass." "Hooker" several times. A child imagining two teens making out says, "He's practically raping her except that she's letting him."
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Products & Purchases
Kids seen playing Pole Position without the title being shown but with one mention of the title. Coke mentioned once or twice.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mention of past incident spiking children's Cokes with vodka, which turned out to be water.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that D.A.R.Y.L. is a fairly gentle science-fiction movie with strong messages about caring, friendship, and family togetherness. It has a few instances of strong language, including "ass" and "s--t" used a couple of times each. One gunshot wound is seen with blood, and large bloodstains are seen on surgical scrubs once. A few car chases have crashes, one of which is clearly fatal to the driver, a minor character, who drives himself off a cliff. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
D.A.R.Y.L. is a movie with its heart in the right place that almost succeeds where it counts but never really delivers genuine emotion. The script is flat and relies on overly broad strokes that lack realism to lay out the story. It also leans heavily on cliché to get through the quieter, personal moments we know the veteran cast is capable of delivering when the material is there.
Big kids will get some laughs out of Daryl's relationship with best friend Turtle, who schools him in the ways of kid-dom, and they'll easily relate to Daryl thanks to Barret Oliver's surprisingly charming performance. But they may get restless as the plot drags on, especially in the third act, which takes too long to resolve without delivering much in the way of action or suspense.
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