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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters make the wrong kind of choices, without consequences and sometimes with rewards.
Positive Role Models
Characters are generally hurting or mean and don't seem to know how to ask for the right kind of help or to find positive solutions for anything. Nothing is learned.
Violence & Scariness
Fighting, stabbing. Some blood. Dead body. A cop kicks one character. Gun drawn. Man hit by truck. Man hits a woman; she hits him back. References to guns and shooting, as well as to a man suffocating a baby.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief porn video on computer (woman's naked behind, man thrusting); masturbating. Topless women. Major character is a prostitute. Pole-dancers in club (not totally naked). Innuendo. Women in bikinis, objectified.
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Constant, extremely strong language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls---," "t-ts," "c--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "d--k," "gay" (as a slur), "whore," "ass," "cretin," "swear to God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A college student tells a long story about dropping acid. A college student gets slurring drunk in a bar, with consequences. Secondary character snorts coke. References to weed. Smoking. Social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Detour is a mature, violent crime thriller that plays around with timelines. There's fighting, stabbing, and killing (some blood); a dead body; and scenes with guns. A man hits a woman, and she hits him back. On the sex front, a man is shown watching porn on his computer (the video shows a woman's naked behind and a man thrusting) and masturbating. One of the main characters is a prostitute, and women are shown topless and in skimpy outfits. Language is extremely strong with constant use of "f--k," "s--t," "t-ts," "c--k," "p---y," "a--hole," and much more. A college-age student boasts about an intense acid trip, and another gets very drunk in a bar, with consequences. Another character snorts cocaine, and there are references to marijuana, as well as smoking and more social drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hardly the first crime movie to play around with timelines (and not always successful at doing so), this thriller gets away with it due to intriguing characters, a snappy pace, and a few surprises. Written and directed by Christopher Smith (Severance, Get Santa), Detour pulls a couple of dirty little tricks that fool the audience, not necessarily in a good way, and it's sometimes confusing. Viewers will have to go back and think twice about what they've seen to make sense of it. Yet the movie is good-natured and colorful and somehow manages to avoid looking and sounding like yet another a fifth-rate Quentin Tarantino rip-off.
Instead, Detour pays tribute to classic movies, especially to another movie called Detour -- from 1946 -- which Harper watches in one scene. And the name "Harper" comes from a 1966 Paul Newman movie (Sheridan's character has a poster from it in his room). Plus, Smith casts his actors cleverly; Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud) is a decent everyman, and Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) brings smarts to her character, while Cohen (Brooklyn) is captivatingly volatile. All in all, it's a relatively minor thriller, but has enough surprises and interesting characters to be enjoyable.
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