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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extreme sex, booze, drugs, swearing in crooked-cop story.

Movie R 2014 97 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+
Not for kids

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Adapted from a novel by Irvine Welsh, FILTH belongs to a subgenre that pushes the limits of character behavior. In The Wolf of Wall Street and Dom Hemingway -- which fall in the same subgenre -- the main characters indulge in debauchery of every kind, which provides vicarious fun for viewers and is certainly great fun for the actors. Here, McAvoy similarly gives it his all, fearless, energetic, and lunatic. (He starts by snatching a child's balloon and firing off two middle finger gestures.)

A colorful roster of somewhat cartoonish supporting characters helps set the mood, ranging from Jim Broadbent's creepy psychiatrist to Henderson's purring housewife. When the movie sticks to this plan, it works, but eventually it comes to a kind of twist that feels like a small betrayal. A main character like this requires total honesty; he needs to reveal everything. Unlike other movies based on Welsh's works (Trainspotting, The Acid House), the world of Filth is too limiting to contain its characters. It needs a bit more style.

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