Destroyer

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Nicole Kidman is great in dark, violent crime drama.

R 2018 123 minutes

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Involves unpleasant sex

Parents should know Nicole Kidman’s character is trying to get some information from a man. He says he’ll give it to her for a price, and uncovers his penis (not actually shown.) She is disgusted, but masterbates him. The entire event is shown, but without the actual nudity. He demands she spit on it, and then we watch his face as he orgasms. The mood of the scene is dark and bleak, and again, the woman is disgusted throughout. I guess abusive would be the wrong word for the scene because the woman did it in exchange for information she was desperate to have, rather than because she was forced, but it’s ugly and gross and it’s just not something any 14-year old kid — of any gender - should be absorbing. The scene is so graphically clear that it’s like a how-to for the act. We chose to watch this movie because it was rated 14A, and usually movies that are 14A fall into a more harmless shoot ‘em up style of action movie. This movie is not that. It upset me so much that parents around the country will actually trust the rating and rent this movie for their grade 8 kids, having been assured by the rating that it’s fine, that I just had to come on here and hopefully prevent a few of kids from seeing it. The world is full to the brim with woman-as-prostitute/abused kinds of roles and it’s not a lens that is healthy for either boys or girls. This kind of thing steals kids’ childhoods and it’s just not right.

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Too much sex

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