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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Characters put aside differences to work as a team. They're called upon to be brave, resourceful, and determined. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Comic mayhem throughout. Insane, grotesque, zombie-like men on the attack. Several gruesome deaths -- both heroines and villains: dismemberment, massive blood-letting, exploding and/or severed heads, cannibalism, machetes. guns. A dog is killed. Occult rituals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lesbian relationship with some kissing, touching. Men kiss. Vulgar sexual references (i.e., "finger in ass," "hand job"). Sexy dancing.
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Profanity, insults, and crude language, including: "f--k," "ass," "whore," "take a dump," "moron," "bitch," "p---y," "balls," "fatso," "hell." Men pee on trapped women. A kick in the groin.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in bar. Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Girls with Balls is a French-language horror movie with English subtitles that aims to frighten, elicit laughs from over-the-top carnage, and show "heroic" women mowing down their demented enemies. A van filled with female volleyball players breaks down in a remote forest. As the young women seek help, they find themselves in the midst of a cult of brutally insane men, often hooded, and always grotesque. It's kill or be killed for most of the movie. Expect excessive violence: decapitation, extremities severed, machete and gun kills, cannibalism, occult rituals, relentless gushing blood, exploding heads, and the "comic" destruction of a feral dog. The ghoulishness of the madmen extends to peeing on the women, gross sexual comments, and maniacal threats. Language includes profanity, insults, and sexual references: "f--k," "s--t," bitch," "whore," "hand-job," "balls," "bastards," "d--k," "p---y." There's some sexy dancing and kissing; a lesbian couple smooches. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink in a bar. This hybrid of comic mayhem, female quasi-empowerment, and eye-popping violence isn't for 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?
With monstrous villains, goofy one-note heroines, and enough over-the-top murderous action to satisfy the most ardent horror fans, the filmmakers aim first and foremost for shock, awe, and laughs. And they succeed in generating all three... to a point. All of the actors seem to relish their bizarre roles. Premier special makeup effects artist Olivier Afonso directs his first feature film with gusto and skill. With its potential for "midnight screenings" (the film won both "Best Kill" and "Best SFX" at the 2018 Grimfest Awards), it could be one of those little features that attains cult status. Still, there's an aura of sadistic malice that underscores the story. It's hard to watch such misogynist violence and ugliness even when the victims rise up to the challenge.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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