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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows that there can be consequences for cyberbullying, that victims are actually flesh-and-blood humans (who can show up at your door unannounced). But movie also features relentless killing and bad behavior with no real fallout. Also seems to advocate concept of being "ready" for bad things to happen by having guns.
Positive Role Models
Main character goes from being a self-obsessed, social media-addicted jerk to a killing machine, and he's the most noble character in the story. So no role models here.
Violence & Scariness
Extremely strong, almost constant comic book-style violence. A character has guns bolted to his hands. Lots of guns/shooting, with blood spurts and characters dying. Participants in an online reality show hunt each other to the death. Severed fingers. Broken bones. Character places gun barrel in mouth. Punching, kicking, fighting/martial arts. Character slammed up against wall. Strangling. Car chases. Foot chases. Explosions. Bloody video game shown. Mean, hateful online comments printed on-screen (e.g., "kill urself"). Tranquilizer dart.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man's penis is briefly shown while he's urinating. Kissing. Sex-related talk.
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Extremely strong, constant language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "c--k," "p---y," "d--k," "bitch," "bastard," "ass," "pubes," "whore," "clit," "boner," "suck it," "retard," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation). Middle-finger gestures.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Uber.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character snorts cocaine in several scenes. Another drinks several beers, gets drunk. "Smoking crack" mentioned. Pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Guns Akimbo is an action comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe as an internet troll who wakes up to find guns bolted to his hands so he can participate in an online killing game. It's extremely, explicitly violent, with relentless guns, shooting, spurting blood, and killing, as well as fighting and punching, chases, explosions, severed fingers, and more. There's also a strong cynicism and depictions of hate and bullying. Language is also extremely strong and constant; expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "p---y," and much more. A man's penis is briefly shown, and a couple kisses. One main character snorts cocaine; another drinks several beers and gets drunk. Crack is mentioned, and pot smoking is shown. Prior to its release, the movie's director, Jason Lei Howden, made controversial remarks on Twitter around the use of a racist term, which may spur some viewers to avoid the movie. But others may find cult classic-style entertainment value here. 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 very busy, cynical, anxious dark comedy offers surface commentary about the evils of the internet, but eventually Radcliffe and Weaving manage to add some welcome humanity to the story. Unfortunately, Guns Akimbo is somewhat tainted by the controversial online behavior of its writer-director, Jason Lei Howden. But those who can separate the movie from these events may find something worthwhile. Its first section starts like a staccato attack, with a torrent of foul language, violence, noise, rage, and cynicism -- as well as frequent, ugly shots of death-obsessed viewers watching and cheering the online killings (which will definitely be a turn-off for some).
During this time, Miles comes across like a slothful, uncaring jerk, and Nix is a drugged-up, unrepentant killing machine. But after a while, the movie slows down a little and gives both characters a chance to come to life. And, amazingly, they both become likable, especially after they decide to team up against a greater foe. Guns Akimbo is shot and edited like a rollercoaster: It's quite sadistic and insanely violent and vulgar, and it won't be for every taste. But a small cult audience (say, viewers who liked things like Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and Hardcore Henry) may find Guns Akimbo similarly entertaining.
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