Fierce

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Polish drama about singing competition has strong language.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 118 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Deadbeat dads can try to make it up to the kids they've abandoned.

Positive Role Models

People can be two-faced, first bullying a girl because she's different, then trying to be her friend when she achieves some fame. A famous singer is depressed and has lost his way. Seemingly meeting the daughter he didn't know he had is going to change his life for the better.

Violence

A man is hit by a car. He lies in the street bleeding from the head and is seen unconscious in a hospital bed with breathing tubes.

Sex

Adults kiss. Suggestive costumes.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "c--t," "d--k," "t-ts," "ass," "bastard," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "fart," "crap," and "douchebag."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol to excess. Problem drinking is mentioned. Adults smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fierce is a look at a fictional Polish music talent show in the American Idol vein. The drama focuses on the usual striving musicians competing for success, but the twist involves a self involved lead judge who learns the most talented contestant is the daughter he abandoned 18 years before. His own fame and fortune haven't brought happiness. Teens may have a hard time finding anyone to like here. The dad is bitter. The daughter is bitter. Sex is limited to suggestive outfits and kissing. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "d--k," "t-ts," "ass," "bastard," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "fart," "crap," and "douchebag." Adults drink a lot of alcohol and talk about drinking problems. Smoking. The movie is in Polish with English subtitles.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byFify1 December 22, 2020

Realistic

Its a movie of family bonding and reuniting. Forgiveness, focusing on whats present, moving on to a better future ahead.
A father’s love/regret to a child
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What's the story?

In FIERCE, the Polish version of the American Idol talent show comes to a small Polish village for auditions, a move that dredges up the past of the show's lead judge and chief curmudgeon, Olo (Maciej Zakoscielny). Olo is a bitter one-hit wonder who blew that town 18 years before, leaving behind his pregnant girlfriend Malgosia (Anita Sokolowska). Now wealthy, successful, and involved with fellow judge Ewa (Julia Kaminska), he's never looked back. Equally bitter is the now 18-year-old daughter Marta (Katarzyna Sawczuk), who grew up in that village. Her nickname is "Fierce," perhaps because she is none-too-pleasant, a quality that has made her an outcast at school. Still, she has guts and anger and both get her past the show's gatekeepers to an audience with Olo. She denigrates him publicly, an event that goes viral. Her outburst invites so much attention that the producer invites her back as a contestant and it turns out that unbeknownst to everyone, even herself, as if by magic, she can sing. Olo, still unaware she's his daughter, votes against her, but another judge champions Fierce through to the next round. Tension at the competition grows. How will this end for Olo and Fierce?

Is it any good?

Fierce is about as entertaining as a good episode of one of the popular talent shows on TV, featuring involving moments and dull ones, talented people and not-so-talented people. The behind-the-scenes back-biting and jockeying on the fictional show -- among the judges and the competitors -- feel pretty generic and unoriginal, but Olo's conflicting feelings about fatherhood and Fierce's rejection of him provide some moments of interest. The performances are surprisingly uneven for a show that's supposed to be about discovering great performers. It's especially unbelievable that Fierce says "I sing terribly," then belts out songs as if she's been practicing in her bedroom for years.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the daughter would want to go see the father she says she hates so much. Do you think her decision to yell at the dad she's never met in front of a crowd of people, without bothering to explain to him that she's his daughter, seems realistic?

  • Olo seems selfish. What does the movie want us to think about his reaction to learning he has a full-grown daughter?

  • Since both Olo and Fierce are explosive personalities, how do you predict their relationship will proceed into the future?

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