A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Like most murder mysteries, "you can't get away with murder" is the overarching message. Also a theme that even society's most fabulous personalities, including billionaires and supermodels, are no smarter or better than anyone else. Themes include courage, integrity, teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Benoit Blanc is very smart and has razor sharp skills when it comes to observation and deduction. Some characters demonstrate courage, integrity, and teamwork.
Several main characters are White, but some diversity in cast: a brilliant Black scientist, a Black woman CEO; an actor of East Asian descent plays a positively depicted supporting character. A Filipino Greek actor plays an obnoxious but affable central character. A Jewish actor plays a supermodel (her character shares that she experienced repercussions for using the word "Jew-y"), and Black and Jewish celebrities are featured in cameos. But one female character has almost no dimension beyond being sexy.
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Violence & Scariness
Shooting, with blood seepage. Apparent choking. Spear gun shot but misses target. A couple of hard slaps. One character wears a gun at all times and shoots it into the air. Characters are distressed at the idea of a killer on the loose. Fire and explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman wears skimpy/slinky clothes; a scene shows her kissing and straddling someone on a bed while wearing a bikini. Quick glimpse of a sex toy and condoms. Statue of a nude male torso, seen from the backside.
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Strong language throughout, including: "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "boner," "boobs," "goddamn," "s--t," "s--tballs," "s--theads," "shut up," "taint," "t--ties," and two uses of "f--k." Middle-finger gesture. "Jesus!" used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Apple products seen and mentioned by name. Beer brands visible. Expensive car is recognized by brand and used as a recurring punchline.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking throughout: cocktails, liquor, hard kombucha, beer, wine. Alcohol consumption fuels a couple of key moments in the plot. In one instance, it's shown to enhance someone's abilities. Aspirational characters smoke and vape. A comical side character drinks and appears to smoke pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is, like the original Knives Out, a comedic murder mystery centering on private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). While the first movie followed an extended family, the sequel's cast is more like a "family" of influencer friends, and the film pokes fun at the types of people currently ruling pop culture: the billionaire genius (Edward Norton), the supermodel (Kate Hudson), the celebrity scientist (Leslie Odom Jr.), the politician (Kathryn Hahn), and a YouTuber (Dave Bautista). The ultimate takeaway is that the rich, famous, and powerful aren't any smarter, better, or savvier than anyone else. But these are wealthy, extravagant characters, and constant drinking is part of their glamorous aesthetic. Blanc also smokes cigars, and other characters vape and smoke pot. A supporting character known as Whiskey wears revealing clothes and is shown aggressively kissing and sitting astride a clothed man. There's also a long conversation about "boobs"; other language includes "ass," "s--t," and a couple of uses of "f--k." And, given that this is a murder mystery, expect a couple of non-graphic deaths, plus weapons use (guns, spear gun), fire, and explosions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director Rian Johnson slices and dices social influencers with sharp humor here, leaving viewers wiping away tears of laughter. This satirical whodunit peels back the layers of modern-day movers and shakers to reveal that, when you get to the core of an arrogant genius, a fabulous fashionista, or a blowhard YouTuber, there's often nothing there. For adults, it's a wink. Teens might need a little help to understand the brilliance of Glass Onion's title, but even if they don't put it all together, the comedy pierces celebrity/privileged culture in plenty of other, more obvious ways. In other words, it's hard to imagine that anyone over the age of 13 or 14 won't enjoy Johnson's Benoit Blanc sequel.
Is it better than Knives Out? Well, no, because with that excellent film, Johnson reinvigorated the entire murder mystery genre. It felt so refreshingly new in 2019, and in the three years since its release, others have tried their hand at the whodunit with some pretty impressive productions -- meaning the bar is even higher now. But still, Glass Onion rolls as one continuous slick burn. And if there's one thing we know about onions, it's that when they're raw, they bite, but the longer they cook, the sweeter they become.
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