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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dark horror-comedy with satirical messages on the generational divide, the division between economic classes, and terrorism.
Positive Role Models
Three of the four teen boy lead characters are stoners who often try to get high on marijuana as well as hashish, get drunk, and eventually resort to taking psychedelic rabbit droppings. The fourth is relatively straitlaced, and often the butt of jokes because of this. One of the teens is obsessed with being a rapper, and raps about his penis in a musical sequence. Adults are either trying to kill the teens, or believe them to be terrorists, or are parodies of authority figures or people who live in the countryside.
Violence & Scariness
A duke and duchess, obsessed with racial purity and hatred for Millennials, pursues the four teen boy lead characters with rifles in an attempt to kill them. Adult character is run over and presumably killed by a teen driving a minibus. Characters crushed by an out-of-control bus. Teens try to make an explosive device out of hashish and a Sterno can; a man's leg catches fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During a musical sequence, teen boy raps about his penis. Teen boy draws a penis on a minibus.
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"F--k" often used. "C--t" used. Also: "s--t," "bitch," "d--k," "bastard," "arsehole." Middle finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen characters smoke marijuana and eat hashish. Teens get drunk. While rapping about his penis during a musical sequence, images of marijuana float across the screen. While high on hashish and also on psychedelic rabbit droppings, visual and sound effects employed to show the audience what the teens are experiencing while high. Adults drink beer at a large party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Duked! (aka Boyz in the Wood) is a 2019 horror-comedy in which four teens orienteering in the Scottish Highlands find themselves pursued by a psychotic duke. Drug content throughout -- three of the four boys make no secret of wanting to get high, and smoke weed, ingest hashish (with accompanying "psychedelic" camera work to convey their hallucinations), and rabbit droppings with hallucinogenic properties. Drinking at a barn party, one of the teens gets drunk. During a musical sequence, one of the teens raps about his penis, with text to go with it and marijuana leaves circling around for good measure. Regular use of profanity, including "f--k" and "c--t." Some violence, as teens' pursuers fire rifles at them, and the kids respond by trying to throw improvised explosive devices made out of Sterno cans and hashish. Man run over by a minibus and presumably killed. Characters killed by a crushed minibus. Overall, the movie is an earnest satire of the generational divide between Boomers and Millennials and the divide between economic classes, but some of this is likely to be lost amidst all the drug and hip-hop jokes. 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 movie tries to be a lot of things, but doesn't quite succeed at any of them. There's a stoner comedy in there, but most of the jokes either fall flat or feel like humor we've already seen before in other stoner comedies. There's a satire in there about generational divides and how Boomers think everyone younger than them are entitled brats, as the younger generations regard Boomers as selfish jerks who vote for fascists as they leave the planet much worse than they found it, but these messages are likely to get lost in the scenes centered on psychedelic rabbit droppings and extended musical sequences in which one of the characters raps about his penis. Furthermore, after what feels like 20 years of the same tired observations between the generations, this complaining is beyond tiresome. While the deeper messages in Get Duked! are clearly earnest and not delivered in a heavy-handed manner, far too many of the jokes and premises don't quite work.
The acting is fine, and there is an undeniable chemistry between the four lead teen characters as their misadventure in orienteering goes from bad to worse, but too much of the story feels shopworn, from the mediocre aspiring hip-hop artist "from the streets" who isn't really from the streets to all the drug humor. Fans of the "stoner comedy" and UK comedic silliness will enjoy it, as there is enough of both to almost carry it through to the end, but the chaotic and disparate parts of the movie don't make a coherent and rewarding whole.
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