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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is, in part, about compassion, forgiveness, and learning how to move on from blame and find acceptance.
Positive Role Models
The "heroes" of this story aren't especially admirable, often acting rashly and without considering consequences. The only upside is that they're eventually able to communicate about their feelings and find forgiveness and compassion for one another. The villains resort to murder rather than understanding.
A main character is deaf (she lost her hearing after a gun went off near her face); she uses ASL and reads lips. The actor who plays her is hearing in real life. Two characters of color in smaller roles; one is an unhoused man, the other is the employee of a White male boss. Both are killed. Lola is clearly a villain, but she does have agency, using her brains and wits to get the things she wants.
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Violence & Scariness
Brutal violence, including violence against women. A woman is killed by a stray bullet. A teen girl loses her hearing from the blast. Teen girl punched in face, hard, several times. Character smashes teen's fingers. Characters are shot and killed. Bleeding gunshot wounds. Person's throat sliced, with gurgling blood. Characters are run over by a truck and slammed by a car door, punched, thrown against a wall. Characters covered in blood. Guns shown throughout. People are tied up, gagged. Someone makes threats with a mallet. Lots of arguing, yelling. Characters frequently threatened. Near-accident while driving. Character hit with hot coffee.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character stimulates another with her hand, reaching below the frame (nothing explicit seen). Kissing. Strong sex-related dialogue, some relating to a 17-year-old (e.g., "she's got a nice body," etc.). Sexual gesture. Man naked except for underwear briefs. Woman in revealing outfit.
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Extremely strong, frequent language includes multiple uses of "f--k," "f---ing," "motherf----r," "s--t" and "bulls--t," "a--hole," "bitch" and "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "shut the f--k up" "shut up," "balls," "swinging d--k" "oh my God," "Jesus f---ing Christ," "damn," "hell," "feminazi," "crack whore," "my period," "blow job." "Jesus" used as an exclamation. Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Casual mentions of YouTube, SpongeBob SquarePants, Curious George, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character rubs cocaine on her teeth and offers some to a teen girl, who declines. Teen hangs out in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dig is a thriller about a widowed man and his deaf daughter (who's played by a hearing actor) who are held hostage and forced to dig up something that's buried under the patio of an abandoned home. Violence is bloody and brutal. A teen girl is tied up, gagged, and punched hard in the face; her hand is smashed, too. A woman is shot, and another woman's throat is sliced. Other characters are shot and killed, punched, hit with hard objects, etc., with bloody wounds and blood spatters. Language is extremely strong and constant, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more. Couples kiss, characters wear revealing clothing, and one character stimulates another sexually with her hand (nothing explicit shown). There's strong sex-related dialogue, a sexual gesture, and iffy dialogue regarding a 17-year-old girl. A character rubs cocaine on her teeth. 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 generic thriller has its moments, but it struggles to come up with reasons to keep the four main characters together, and it stumbles all too frequently. From the first moments of Dig, which depict Brennan and Jane's life-changing tragedy, scenes are shaped in ways that, rather than generating sympathy, make you frustrated with the characters' rash, unthinking actions. Further frustrating are their silly, futile attempts to escape from Vic and Lola, without ever having much of a plan; even the final moments feel somehow unfinished and unsatisfying.
For their part, Vic and Lola are like a low-budget version of Mickey and Mallory from Natural Born Killers, expressing their psychotic love for each other and cracking jokes over their fresh kill. Both Hirsch and Liberato wildly overact in their roles, a poor decision for such a small-scale movie that would have benefited from more subtlety. And while Jane's real-life daughter, Harlow, does a fine job as "Jane" (honestly, couldn't the writers have changed the character's name?), more authentic casting for a deaf character might have been preferable. All in all, Dig could have been a tense, small-scale chess game, but instead it just winds up in the dirt.
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