ExTerminators

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Laugh-free black comedy about revenge against men.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters literally get away with murder. The central premise is that death is the appropriate punishment for crimes against women, including sexual harassment, adultery, domestic abuse, stalking, and more. Paid female avengers reap rewards for their activities and are never punished.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With one exception (a sympathetic police detective), every male character is seen as either a drunk, an adulterer, a spousal abuser, a leering voyeur, or a stalker. The women range from clueless to aggressive to amoral. Their only means of vindication for crimes against them, large or small, is murder. 

Violence

A car chase results in a car going over a steep cliff and blowing up with the driver still inside. In a fantasy scene, a dental assistant imagines herself stabbing her employer with a sharp instrument. A drunken man slugs his wife. An irate shopper punches a man.

Sex

Assorted men leer, grope, harass, and stalk attractive women throughout the movie. While there's no nudity, many of the women dress in revealing clothing. There are a number of romantic scenes in which a couple falling in love kisses passionately and winds up in bed together.

Language

Frequent potty language and angry, coarse insults. Examples include "jackass," "bastard," "whore," "blow job," "penis," "dammit," "get laid," "f--k," and "s--t." Also "retard," used on more than one occasion.

Consumerism

Dell computers; several brands of beer are advertised on signs in a bar: Shiner, Real Ale, Firewater, and others.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One main character smokes continuously. Many scenes take place in a bar, with lots of drinking and some drunkenness. A very inebriated man punches his wife. Several characters drive after they have been drinking or are very drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie attempts to find dark humor in the premise that murder is a convenient option for women who've been the victims of offensive male behavior. Most men are portrayed as empty-headed, leering sexual predators, while the women are either angrily amoral, wide-eyed victims, or both. Expect plenty of violence, including a car crashing and burning, a woman being pummeled by her husband, and a dentist stabbed by his assistant, though all are portrayed in a darkly comedic manner. Characters also swear ("f--k," "s--t," "whore," etc.) and smoke, and some drive drunk.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAmberHeardFan April 27, 2012

good movie Exterminators

i love the movie me and my dad watched it- reviewers say amber Heard was amazing whoever thinks this movie is dumb is either f*cked up or stupid i love Ex Termi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 29, 2011

What's the story?

Soon after she loses her job and her boyfriend, a distraught Alexandra Case (Heather Graham) punches an obnoxious man in a department store. When she's ordered to attend an anger management class for her "crime," Alex meets a gaggle of misfit women with severe temper control problems of their own, including Kim (Joey Lauren Adams), a victim of spousal abuse. In trying to protect her, Alex, along with Stella (Jennifer Coolidge) and Nikki (Amber Heard) inadvertently cause the death of Kim's abusive husband. What begins as a tragic accident leads to new, very lucrative assignments for Stella's successful "pest" extermination business. But Alex is suspicious of her friends, and when she falls in love with one of the police detectives investigating the murders, she faces a terrible moral dilemma. Enter the IRS agent who's been stalking Alex; soon, literal mayhem ensues.

Is it any good?

Terminally slow-paced, unfunny, and cliche-ridden, EXTERMINATORS misses on almost every level. The sketchily drawn characters give the actors little to work with, and even the usually likeable Graham falls flat. It's a fantastical story, but it's delivered in charmless, clumsy fits and starts. Motivation and logic give way to happenstance and silly behavior. The film is risque without being sexy, comically exaggerated without being funny, and talky without being intelligent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotyping in movies. Most of the men in this film are portrayed as bumbling, mean, dishonest, or sexually obsessed. How does that differ from your experience with the men you know?

  • This film is categorized as a "black" comedy or "dark" comedy. What does this description tell you about what you can expect to see? What other black comedies have you enjoyed?

  • Did Alex actually learn anything about self-control in the anger management group she attended? What are some ways you've learned to deal with your own anger?

Movie details

For kids who love laughs

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