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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The material is bit dark here, but it's more harmless than harmful. Though the hero is sad and withdrawn (as well as a bit cynical and sometimes not very nice), he manages to overcome a past personal tragedy. As a result, he's able to cleverly solve a sticky and mysterious problem.
Positive Role Models
Dylan Dog is like a private eye character, with all that that entails. He's cynical and a bit withdrawn, suffering from a painful past. Sometimes he's not entirely nice to others, although he does seem to have a genuine friendship with some of his contacts. When a new mystery presents itself, he eventually takes the opportunity to overcome his hang-ups and use his skill and knowledge to help.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fighting and monster violence, with werewolves, zombies, and vampires, as well as some giant monsters. Guns are drawn and fired, and viewers see lots of dead bodies and blood (some of the dead bodies come back to life). Some severed body parts are shown. One character is buried alive, and one vampire is burned in the sunlight. Most of this is presented with a light, comic tone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses and wakes up in bed together, partially clothed; the male hero appears shirtless, and sex is suggested. Some scantily clad women dancing in a night club. A brief discussion of cheating spouses.
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A few of uses of "s--t," as well as "bitch," "boning," "damn," "goddamn," "hooker," "ass," "oh my God," "crap," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
One sequence includes an obvious reference to Apple computers, with shots of a laptop and an iPhone and the brand name "Apple" spoken out loud.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Club-goers are addicted to vampire blood, and viewers see symptoms of withdrawals and "shooting up." One of the movie's main bad guys deals this drug to his customers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this comic book-based detective story about a human in charge of keeping tabs on a community of vampires, werewolves, and zombie in New Orleans has both horror and comedy elements. There's strong monster violence and fighting; scenes include guns, knives, dead bodies, and blood. There's a bit of minor sensuality (characters kiss and wake up in bed together, but no sensitive body parts are shown) and some swearing (including "s--t"). A fictitious drug, vampire blood, is part of the plot, and viewers see minor characters going through withdrawals and "shooting up." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It kicks off with a great idea -- combining the old-style detective genre with popular monsters -- but for having such an inspired start, the movie feels oddly uninspired. The mystery isn't very hard to figure out, the comedy isn't very funny, and the monsters aren't very scary; even the visual effects show little imagination. Munroe never conjures up anything remotely scary, and his action scenes are lumpy and sluggish.
Routh is slowly beginning to demonstrate some of the personality he was lacking in Superman Returns, and his character is mostly interesting, despite some bumps in logic; Dylan begins the movie as a slob but quickly changes over to a sleek, black wardrobe once he takes on the new mystery. Perhaps a better movie could have done some justice to this potentially appealing character, but this isn't it.
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