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Despite lowbrow humor, the movie champions understanding and forgiveness among certain characters. (Other characters remain stereotypical and learn nothing.) Shows value of standing up to bullies.
Positive Role Models
Characters -- including someone with a substance dependency, a formerly incarcerated man, a threatening priest, and a man who lies to make something of himself in showbiz -- are far from perfect or ideal role models, though some do demonstrate understanding and forgiveness and model kindness and compassion. Others adhere to stereotypes and don't grow/change at all. Cast is largely Black and Latinx.
Violence & Scariness
Punching. Characters knocked unconscious. Taser gun used by child. Tough characters brandish guns. Threats with a switchblade.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couple flirts, kisses. Very strong sex-related dialogue.
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Extremely strong, constant language with many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," the "N" word, "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "hell," "d--k," "balls," "puto," "maricóna," "nuts."
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Products & Purchases
Brief mentions of Twinkies and Lego.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character uses cocaine throughout and regularly asserts that it's not bad for you. (He sprinkles some on a tray full of brownies.) Suitcase full of prescription meds. Pot-smoking. Main character drinks from a "forty." Character drinks from flask. Reference to "ganja."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Domino: Battle of the Bones is a comedy about a dominoes competition and various players competing for the top prize. It's extremely crude and quite lowbrow, and though it has a good heart, it ultimately can't overcome its length and unevenness. Language is extremely strong and constant, with countless uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," the "N" word, "s--t," and many more, as well as strong sex-related dialogue. A married couple also kisses and flirts. A major character uses cocaine frequently and talks about its benefits; he sprinkles some on a tray of brownies. Characters also drink and smoke pot, and a suitcase full of prescription meds is shown. There's fighting and punching, people getting knocked unconscious, threatening with a switchblade and guns, and a child using a Taser gun on an adult. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Wobbling lazily between good-hearted fun and crude humor filled with long, dead stretches, this competition-based comedy might have been charming enough to succeed with just a little more care. Perhaps the main problem with Domino: Battle of the Bones is that it has too many cooks: There are no fewer than three credited directors. It also goes on far too long (109 minutes), there are too many unfunny jokes, and too many pointless scenes are allowed to remain intact. Certain ideas are repeated many times as if they're supposed to be funny -- such as Walter's financial troubles and Tenspeed's cocaine use -- even though they're not.
As the movie goes on, certain characters open up, adding a little sweetness. For example, Gerald and Andy start to bond, and Camila and her father are finally able to open up to one another. And Snoop Dogg practically steals the entire movie in just a couple of scenes while seated at a desk (he probably shot all of his scenes in an hour). But, unfortunately, too much of Domino: Battle of the Bones goes a little too far into stereotype, tastelessness, and humorlessness. Perhaps most disappointingly, despite Snoop's quick domino primer, the movie doesn't seem to care at all about the game itself, barely showing the games in play and not providing enough information to generate any suspense. The movie could have been a win, but instead it topples.
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