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Parents' Guide to

Do Revenge

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teens seek payback in dark comedy; language, sex, drugs.

Movie NR 2022 120 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Good for 13+

Great movie I watched it with my 12-year-old and we loved it. I like that there was lgbtq representation. There were some slightly mature themes but nothing my 12 year old couldn’t handle. Overall this movie is great for kids 12-13+

This title has:

Educational value
3 people found this helpful.
age 18+

A big disappointment

This movie reinforces the stereotypes of teenage girls as egotistical and dismisses the seriousness of sexual harassment. It doesn't show any relevant positive role model for teenagers and it is also very explicit with drugs and alcohol, including explicit scenes with cocaine.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (29 ):

This dark comedy falls into a new class of teen films that ironically take on the teen film genre, a meta exercise that almost goes too far but has some entertaining aspects and a talented cast. Looking like a carbon copy of her mother (Uma Thurman), Maya Hawke stands out among a well-selected group of attractive young actors in Do Revenge. She's believable in her character's various iterations -- awkward outcast, psychotic social climber, vulnerable friend, and lesbian wannabe lover. Likewise for the smarmy Abrams and narcissist Mendes. But no single character comes across as true or even likable, except maybe Talia Ryder as the straight-talking lesbian younger sister.

That's because the actors are asked to play out a script purporting wildly excessive behavior among 17- and 18-year-olds, not to mention cynical advising from the sole adult (the headmistress, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar). Of course, it's all purposefully exaggerated, like their exclusive academy's hilarious pastel school uniforms (capes, berets, and bowties, oh my!), but the embellishments undercut attempts at eking out true emotion from the characters or hitting the mark with political subtexts about gender inequality and class injustice. In short, it's hard to take any of this seriously or care very deeply, but it's equally hard to deny that some fun -- guilty perhaps -- is had in the process.

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