A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie set inside a psychiatric hospital; many of the secondary characters are patients with various mental illnesses and they are presented with depth and dignity.
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Violence & Scariness
Attempted rape, thwarted when the assailant is struck and killed with a log. A patient is found dead with multiple stab wounds; blood. A later scene shows him being stabbed by a thick shard of glass. Fighting: punches, kicks, tackling. Attempted murder by poisoning.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nonsexual nudity: male and female patients are shown taking showers together in a large room.
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"F--k" often used. Also: "s--t," "crap," "damn," "son of a bitch," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Champagne, wine, whiskey, Bloody Mary drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that God's Crooked Lines is a 2022 thriller-drama in which a private investigator feigns paranoia to investigate a murder in a psychiatric hospital. One scene involves attempted rape, resulting in the attacker being struck in the head with a log and killed. A character is killed by being stabbed multiple times with a large shard of glass; there are blood stains on the dead body. Some fighting includes punches, kicks, and tackles, and there's an attempted murder (poisoning). Some language includes "f--k." Nonsexual nudity: Male and female patients are shown taking showers together in a large room. Cigarette smoking and drinking appear as well. 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 is a mostly fun, if overlong, Spanish thriller-drama. God's Crooked Lines starts off with an intriguing concept: A private investigator is hired to investigate the suspicious death of one of the patients in a psychiatric hospital. To find out what happened, she must pose as a patient checking in. It's a strong start, but it doesn't take long for the movie to get bogged down by more side stories and threads than the average anime. When it works, such as when it develops the characters suffering from mental illness in the hospital, it adds depth and heightens the story. When it doesn't, one begins to feel the seconds tick away in this two-hour-and-35-minute movie.
Indeed, for as good as it is at times, there's a lingering sense that the movie could've been at least half an hour shorter without sacrificing much. However, the story twists are a great time, leaving the audience guessing who's being honest and who isn't. The directing is also fantastic, and the acting among the main and secondary characters is solid. It probably rewards a second or third viewing, provided one has the time.
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