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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie talks about many thought-provoking themes, mainly economical. Plenty of talk about how difficult it is to get ahead, about vast gap between rich and poor in the U.S., how "trickle down" economic theory doesn't work. But characters seem to want material things and pleasures the most, and the way they go about getting them -- illegally -- is clever but far from admirable.
Positive Role Models
Poor role models across the board, Lance especially. Even after all he goes through, he tells the author that he would do it again "in a heartbeat." He's still addicted to the high, hasn't learned any lessons. Other characters answer "no" to that question, still others get away scot-free.
Violence & Scariness
Guns shown. An elderly character is punched in the face, tied up, dragged across the floor. Vandalism, with many objects and structures smashed or defiled. Breaking and entering. A character overdoses; she's driven to the hospital and shoved out of the car. Arguing. General angry, stressful tone in some scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graffiti sketch of a penis. Sexual innuendo in graffiti ("wel-cum"). Spoken sexual innuendo.
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Strong language includes frequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." Middle-finger gestures.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Instagram.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink lots of alcohol and take strong drugs in nightclubs. One character overdoses on cocaine and Molly. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Echo Boomers is a crime drama about a group of millennials who rob and vandalize the homes of the wealthy, both as a way to make money and as a statement. Guns are shown, and an elderly character is punched, tied up, and dragged. Another character overdoses and is driven to the hospital and shoved out of a car. There's also lots of vandalism, arguing, shouting, and general tension. The main characters drink a ton and do lots of cocaine and Ecstasy in nightclubs. Some characters smoke cigarettes. Language is very strong, with frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." There's also some sexual innuendo, both written and spoken. The movie wants to be a generational classic, but it just blandly borrows from other movies and winds up flat. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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