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Parents' Guide to

Echo Boomers

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Flat millennial crime drama mixes messages, drug use.

Movie R 2020 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Total rubbish

Generic movie rehash, aimed at easily pleased left wing teen / uni student audiences. Poor acting, a story line that doesn't make any sense and literally zero character development. It feels like the plot just lurches from one generic tick box to the next even if there's no reason for it, just to follow that generic movie storyline receipe. Honestly how NowTV rated this 5* is bewildering, I give it 1 star. Total waste of an evening ! Don't bother.
age 18+


Fun, and thought provoking. This movie is right on time!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This crime drama seems to want to tap into generational anxieties and provide an intoxicating release, but instead it plays like a pale, dull copy of many other movies, with blandly recycled themes. Echo Boomers -- the title refers to the millennial generation, who are often the children of baby boomers -- is structured with wraparound sequences, showing several of the gang members telling their stories from jail and Lance being interviewed by an author (Lesley Ann Warren). While this is supposed to give the movie an epic perspective, it only serves to thin the action, especially given the author's silly questions. Noisy, jackhammer editing also doesn't help.

When telling its story, Echo Boomers definitely tries to "echo" movies like Trainspotting, Fight Club, and Spring Breakers, but it lacks their ability to evoke total abandon and release. The scenes of destruction inside the expensive homes are effectively art-directed, and they can be somewhat mesmerizing, but the scenes showing the characters at work just feel routine. It probably doesn't help that the supposedly charismatic leader played by Pettyfer doesn't come anywhere close to anything like Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden; he mostly sulks and barks orders. That said, the screen does spark to life whenever Shannon turns up; his threatening, cunning Mel is truly terrifying.

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