A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters must choose between money and friendship, but the message is lost in the general chaos of the story.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters are bumbling, and the other characters are two-dimensional at best.
Violence & Scariness
One of the villains kidnaps people by knocking them out with a strike to the head from a rod he wields. If they're not struck by the rod, they're whipped in the head by a gun. They're shown kidnapped in the back seats of the truck, tied up with tape across their mouths. Gun fights between the good and bad guys, including kids with guns and machine guns. Main villain beats up one of the main characters. Man presumed dead in a Jeep in the middle of the desert; at the end of the credits, he's shown waking up and driving off.
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Infrequent mild profanity: "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is found in a Jeep, presumed dead, with booze bottles in the front seat. The love obsession of one of the main characters is shown holding a margarita. One of the subplots centers on a group of kids known as the "Lost Boys" who have escaped getting kidnapped by the drug cartel and forced to smuggle heroin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gold Dust is an adventure-comedy about two bumbling amateur prospectors who stumble into found money and try to elude the leader of a drug cartel who wants it back. One of the subplots centers on a group of kids known as the "Lost Boys" who have escaped getting kidnapped by the drug cartel and forced to smuggle drugs. They now hide in the desert with guns and machine guns. The henchman sent by the leader of the drug cartel knocks out everyone he comes across, striking them in the head with either a rod or his gun before tying them up and taping their mouths shut as they sit crammed in the back seats of his truck. A man is found in the middle of the desert presumed dead in a Jeep with booze bottles in the front seat. While not paying attention during their drive through the desert, the prospectors accidentally strike a girl with their truck; she's unharmed. Some fighting with guns. In another scene, the leader of the drug cartel beats up one of the prospectors after the prospector tries to propose marriage to the cartel leader's wife. Infrequent mild profanity includes "damn" and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's unclear what the filmmakers were going for with this unfocused movie. While there are attempts at silly comedy, these attempts seem strange in light of the fact that one of the many threads to the story centers on kids kidnapped by a drug cartel and forced to smuggle heroin across the border. What could have been a bumbling caper in the tradition of Abbott and Costello gets lost in the morass of an unwieldy story. It doesn't help that the attempts at humor are as excruciating as watching an aspiring stand-up at a comedy club open mic bomb so horribly, it's downright awkward.
It's obviously low-budget, and while one might cut the movie some slack because of this, there's an unshakable feeling that the script needed at least one more rewrite, if not several, and the scenes needed considerably less improvisation from the two lead characters. (The Lord of the Rings Orc imitation grows especially irritating instead of funny.) After a while, you start to forget why the movie is even called Gold Dust -- something about heroin being the gold of today. Even in skilled hands, it's hard to pull off silliness when your subject matter is heroin, and when it doesn't work, the unentertaining result is, well, this.
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