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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Evil can be defeated by courage, resourcefulness and determination, even by a flawed hero. Redemption can be earned.
Positive Role Models
Protagonist, emerging from a past filled with reckless behavior, violence, and emotional upheaval, proves to be cunning, loyal, brave; he perseveres. A few female characters are at the periphery of the story. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Suspense throughout, with scenes of intense violence: gun battle, point-blank shooting deaths, evidence of torture, a man is beaten while in captivity, the body of a dead female is transported and buried, a fatal explosion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Prostitutes are provided to a gang of males; brief group-groping is shown.
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Profanity includes: "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "hump my leg," "f--k," "bastard," "d--k," "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
References to Craigslist, name-brand vacuum cleaners (Kirby, Oreck, Dyson), Irish Spring soap.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters snort coke, smoke marijuana and cigarettes, drink beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a full-length feature film set in the time period immediately after the climactic, violent events that ended the five-season TV series Breaking Bad in 2013. With a short preface that sets up the hero's quest, the young man tries desperately to get out of Albuquerque, escaping from law enforcement as well as his own past misdeeds. As he moves from one dangerous situation to another, the tension heightens and the stakes get higher. Intercut with scenes set in the present are the hero's reflections on the two years preceding, which inform viewers of critical incidents that led him to this time and place. They also provide an opportunity for appearances by the celebrated series principals. As in the television show, suspense and violence are part of the fabric of the story. Viewers can expect gun battles, deaths, fights, and life-or-death moments, as well as evidence of past torture, beatings, and captivity. Intermittent swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastards," "d--k," and "a--hole." Characters smoke marijuana and cigarettes, ingest cocaine, and drink beer. A group of prostitutes appears to service a gang of villains; no nudity or on-camera sexual activity. This movie, arriving six years after the series finale, will resonate strongly with old fans; it also works as a stand-alone story, puzzling perhaps, but still satisfying. No kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Vince Gilligan has done a masterful job of providing a final chapter for a series noted for its remarkable characters, great acting, vibrant story, and insightful take on good and evil. It's a seamless transition. Aaron Paul (with five Emmy nominations and three wins for the role) astonishes once again with his compelling and nuanced performance. It's satisfying to spend a little time with Bryan Cranston's Walter White, Krysten Ritter's Jane Margolis, and Jonathan Banks's Mike Ehrmentraut, and doubly pleasing to see Jesse Plemons and Robert Forster return in substantial roles that impact both the plot and Jesse Pinkham's evolution as a man who is deserving of our admiration. (Sadly, Forster passed away on the day of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie's Netflix release.) Recommended, especially for fans of the original.
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