Donkey Punch

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
Donkey Punch Movie Poster Image
Violent, sex-filled thriller is rough, grisly stuff.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A group of vacationing/travelling young people act irresponsibly, with fatal results. Deckhands appropriate their employer's yacht for "a little fun." Discussion of sexual relations and relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No one you would want kids to emulate.

Violence

Strong brutal violence, including violence during sex (the "donkey punch" of the title refers to a sexual technique involving striking a female partner without her knowledge or consent), scuffling, fighting, torture, many deaths (by outboard motor, stabbing, drowning, flaregun, hanging, and more); extensive blood and images of wounds.

Sex

Full-frontal male and female nudity; sexual acts (including some with a group of people in the same room); erotic play between friends; the mixing of sex and violence; much discussion of mythical/false sexual techniques; sexual activity is videotaped.

Language

Strong, including multiple iterations of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and many more.

Consumerism

Mentions of some brands on screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Explicit and excessive drug use throughout the film, including marijuana, Ecstacy, "ice" (methamphetamine), and cocaine; alcohol is consumed to great excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this rough thriller is chock full of sex and violence and is definitely not for kids. The title itself refers to a violent sex act, and lots of sex is shown (as well as full-frontal nudity). There's also extensive drug use and extremely gory violence. While the movie does make the initial fun-in-the-vacation-sun scenes seem appealing (if excessive), its tone shifts dramatically as events spin out-of-control and get worse. At best, it could be seen as an extraordinary cautionary tale with a lesson about the dangers of not talking about sex in a realistic, respectful manner.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBigK75 September 18, 2009

The worst movie I have ever seen.

Basically, this movie is bad all the way around. Bad plot, and inappropriate content. Imagine everything morally wrong you can put into a movie. Mix that up... Continue reading
Adult Written bycallofduty5 May 23, 2012

Very gory

This movie is absolutely not for kids at all. The movie involves three english girls who depart on a lightweighted boatride in the Mediterranian. The movie does... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 4, 2010

Donkey Punch

Rated R For A Scene Of Strong Sexual Content Involving An Aberrant Violent Act,Graphic Nudity,Violence,Lanuage And Drug Use
Teen, 15 years old Written byDanAus May 5, 2009
A Good, interesting, violent thriller

What's the story?

In DONKEY PUNCH, three young Englishwomen on vacation in Spain (Nichola Burley, Sian Breckin, and Jaime Winstone) meet four handsome, dashing young men (Julian Morris, Robert Boulter, Jay Taylor, and Tom Bourke) crewing a yacht moored nearby. In the what-the-heck spirit of being on holiday, the women are invited back to the boat; since the yacht's owner has already flown home, the drinks and drugs come out, the gang heads out to sea, and there's some lighthearted discussion of sexual urban legends -- like the "donkey punch," in which a man strikes a woman during sex to provoke visceral muscular reactions. Some of the frolickers then pair up and head below decks to fool around -- where someone actually tries the titular technique, and someone winds up dead. In the effort to try to control the situation -- and keep the ramifications of what's happened contained -- the crew and their guests wind up pitted against each other, and soon their numbers start dwindling as things get more and more desperate.

Is it any good?

With style, sun, fun, and drug-fuelled sex that ends in death, Donkey Punch works as an effective cautionary tale. Don't go boating with strange boys/overdo the booze and pills/believe the stories about mythical sexual techniques, or bad things will happen. So says the film, and as the characters squirm about trying to clean up the messes they've made -- with ever-worsening ramifications and a mounting body count -- we're more than willing to listen. As Donkey Punch's plot goes from hi-jinks to homicide, we wind up feeling curiously hopeful for (and, at the same time, judgmental of) all the characters; we've all had a party go a little wrong, and as the characters deal with one little fatal faux pas, we almost sympathize with their plight. Almost.

Although it's in no way meant for teens or kids, when you wipe the blood off of it, Donkey Punch is actually a fairly good suspense thriller for adults; the characters actually matter as characters -- who they are determines the plot, and not vice-versa. Director Oliver Blackburn also has a great eye for shots and lighting: During a drug-fuelled orgy, a room is lit in hazy, glowing soft light; after the room has become a crime scene, the room is seen in bleak, bright glare. Donkey Punch isn't a knockout, but it does go the distance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of drinking and taking drugs. How are they different from what's depicted here?

  • Talk about the importance of discussing sex honestly and realistically. What happens when rumors and myths about a topic as big as that get out of control?

  • Discuss the appeal of violent, sex-filled thrillers like this one -- where does the line fall between cautionary tale and exploitation? Can a film that points out the dangers of promiscuous sex and drugs still glamorize them?

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