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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie offers a good opportunity to talk about cultural appropriation. What does that mean? The movie takes elements from Thailand to tell its Western story: Does it do so in an exploitive way, or is it respectful?
Positive Role Models
No positive role models here. Many characters are OK with sacrificing human lives for community gain. Other characters are victims, and others, while still likable, behave selfishly. The Western characters show some hallmarks of the "ugly American" cliche (i.e. being demanding, obnoxious, entitled, etc.).
Violence & Scariness
A man chokes a woman to death; her neck snaps. Bruises on woman's neck. Vomiting dirt and grass. A character slices his own stomach with a knife and pulls out his intestines. Another character stabs herself. Gun is shown, and a character is shot in head. Lots of blood. Creepy, scary stuff. Main character punches a thief. Injecting black stuff into eye. People shown with eyes and mouths sewn shut; a woman's eyes are shown being sewn shut. Car crash; character thrown through windshield.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene shows a man thrusting behind a woman; graphic tone, but no explicit nudity. Kissing. Character wears sexy underwear. A man ogles a woman in bar. A woman's shorts are torn off of her.
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Strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "motherf----r," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
During a night of drinking, adult characters drink an unknown beverage that causes them to black out and do things against their will. Characters with hangovers. Social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Death of Me is a horror movie about a vacationing couple (Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth) who wake up unable to remember the previous night. A video on the man's camera shows shocking, violent events -- but did they really happen? Scenes include a man strangling a woman (her neck snaps), a man slicing his stomach and pulling out his intestines, and characters getting stabbed, shot in the head, and thrown through a car windshield -- all accompanied by lots of blood. Creepy, scary images include seeing women with their eyes and mouths sewn shut. There's kissing and a sex scene that feels pretty graphic even though there's no explicit nudity. A woman wears sexy underwear, and a man ogles a woman at a bar. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters get very drunk and drink a mysterious beverage that makes them black out and behave strangely. Despite a few hiccups here and there, this is a pretty lean, solid, creepy movie for mature teens and adults. 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 sturdy, tense thriller may not always be totally smart or original, but it's neatly structured, keeping viewers off-kilter and creeped out, stealing toward a surprisingly effective climax. The characters in Death of Me could be criticized for splitting up when they probably shouldn't have or for not keeping a better eye on their luggage, but, as bizarre as their situation is, the movie seems to capture some genuine emotion and follows a certain logic. Best of all, it avoids a dumb "twist" ending in favor of something more organic.
Director Darren Lynn Bousman relies on very strong local set design and on creepy little touches like a bundle of fish dropped on a doorstep or a table-full of people all looking up and smiling at the same time. Some may find Death of Me guilty of cultural appropriation, but you could also argue that its mix of local culture and characters who are both appealing and quick to demonstrate "ugly American" tendencies (they're sometimes demanding or entitled) makes the issue more complex than that. In truth, as a vacation-from-hell movie, this one is no Midsommar, but its lean storytelling and surefire chills make it a decent guilty pleasure.
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