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Parents' Guide to

Donkey Punch

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, sex-filled thriller is rough, grisly stuff.

Movie R 2009 99 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

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 doesn't start off with violence. It displays a graphic and a clearly visible sexual act. One of the girls dies during the act and then slowly party guests get themselves killed in the most gruesome ways as possible (boat motor, knife, flare gun etc..) The drug content is also very strong and it's use and misuse is shown very detailed. Some of the violence involves torture and is very gruesome to watch. NOT FOR KIDS UNDER 17

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

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 with the absolute worst plot you can think of, and you have donkey punch.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 23, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: April 7, 2009
  • Cast: Julian Morris , Nichola Burley , Robert Boulter
  • Director: Oliver Blackburn
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Magnolia Pictures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: a scene of strong sexual content involving an aberrant violent act, graphic nudity, violence, language and drug use
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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