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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Stay true to yourself -- believing in yourself is more important than the approval of others. Ambition and determination can lead to success, even if the path isn't easy. Friendship and teamwork are key and working as a group can make you stronger. Characters go unpunished for murder, though the victims are portrayed as unpleasant. A nasty character who sabotages others gets comeuppance in the form of disapproval.
Positive Role Models
The hairdressers at Deadly Cuts have a solid friendship and support each other. They are strong in the face of adversity and stay loyal to themselves, each other, and their hometown. They do, however, commit violent acts, mostly in self-defense, which go unpunished.
The cast is mostly White, with just one Black character. There is not much diversity in terms of body type and a character is referred to as "the fat one" and another casually named "Fat Mick." The film is set in a working-class area and shows many characters to have positive attributes, though there are some negative stereotypes, including the implication local people are illiterate, and a character from outside the area saying "Don't shoot," based on a perception of crime levels. There are also stereotypical "posh" characters that represent the flip side. The main characters are female and portrayed as strong and independent, though gender roles are not really challenged, with all the hairdressers being women, and men holding positions of authority -- though they are frequently made the objects of ridicule. A male politician is patronizing and refers to the hairdressers as "pet" and "sweetheart" and tells them to smile. A male policeman has a patrol reporting back on his ex and asks what she's wearing. While the sexism is mostly played for laughs and serves to elevate and unite the female characters, it still enforces some negative stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
A local gang create a threatening atmosphere, use verbal threats, smash things, and demand money from local businesses for protection. Characters are headbutted, punched, hit with glass, slapped, strangled, stabbed with scissors and knitting needles, shot, and have their hair pulled out. Injuries are shown, including a graze on the face, blood from the mouth, and fatal stab and bullet wounds with pools of blood. Dead bodies are seen, and cut up and incinerated off-screen. There is a passing comment about knocking teeth out during sex. A character jokingly threatens to kill themselves for dramatic effect. A scene involves unwanted sexual attention in a drinking environment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is frequent sexual innuendo, and mention of sexual acts and sexually transmitted infections. Also jokes referring to penis size and anal sex. Characters kiss briefly on the lips.
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Frequent language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "feckin'" "s--t," "piss," "bleedin'," "bloody," "bastard," "gobshite," "bollocks," "hell," "tramps," "pr--k," and "arse." "Jesus" is used as an exclamation. Kids call a policeman "scumbag rat."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes on occasion. Drinking is shown in pubs, bars, and at a competition -- including cocktails, beer, cider, Prosecco, and shots. But characters are not seen intoxicated. There is passing mention of a drug den.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deadly Cuts is an Irish comedy with strong language and a number of crass sexual references. Set in a salon in working-class Dublin, a group of hairdressers, led by Michelle (Angeline Ball), must unite to save the business and their local area. There is strong language throughout, including "f--k" and "s--t," and jokes of a sexual nature. Occasional strong violence includes people being punched and headbutted, as well as stabbed and shot dead with bloody scenes. Some smoking and drinking is shown, but not to the point of intoxication. The hairdressers offer strong female representation and their friendship is a key theme, though they also commit violent crimes that go unpunished. There is frequent humor, some of which lands better than others. It doesn't quite sit naturally with some of the violence, but this is an enjoyable movie that will appeal to mid-teens upward who like a level of silliness mixed with dark humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's the warmth and likability of this movie's characters that helps style out what is otherwise an enjoyable but inconsistent and old-fashioned comedy. Angeline Ball and Ericka Roe are particular standouts in Deadly Cuts as maternal salon owner Michelle and fiery hairdresser Stacey. Showing a mixture of grit and determination against those who challenge them, and kindness and unwavering support for each other, the relationships and easy chemistry sell this as a celebration of strong female characters and triumph over adversity. Beyond that, the tone never quite settles. Is it a gritty drama -- with some quite unexpectedly nasty violence? Is it a feel-good celebration? Is it a dark comedy? Is it just plain silly? It's all of these and none of them at once. Unfortunately, this half-heartedness of never fully leaning into any direction really lets the side down.
There are some oversized characters that will get an easy laugh, plenty of fun hairdressing puns, genuine moments of dramatic threat, and uplifting times of elation. But what really remains constant and appealing is the sense of connection. The spoken and unspoken ties between characters -- between four women who work together, who are thrown together to survive, and in the wonderfully knowing link that emerges to the town's older generation of equally strong matriarchs.
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