Hell or High Water

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Excellent, relevant crime drama has language, violence.

R 2016 102 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 13+
Hell or High Water is a modern western film following two bank robbers. The film contains some violence, brief sex and language. VIOLENCE: MODERATE This isn’t an extremely violent film, but at moments the violence can be a bit strong. A man is pistol whipped in the head making a wound on his nose. A man has his head slammed against a car door forming a dent before he is punched in the face several times and falls to the ground. During a botched robbery, a guard is repeatedly shot in the chest (from a distance) causing some blood to appear on his shirt before another man is suddenly shot in the head at close range (blood briefly shown) this scene is pretty suspenseful and probably the most violent scene in the film. A man is shown with a bullet hole in his side, he wraps duct tape around it. A man is suddenly shot in the head (mostly bloodless) before we see a bloody bullet hole and brain matter in his hat. A man is sniped in the head from a distance, some blood is shown spraying out and later a bullet hole is shown as well. LANGUAGE: MODERATE 32 uses of "fuck", 18 uses of "shit", 11 uses of "damn", and 9 uses of "hell." 1 use of "titties," 1 use of "pecker," 1 use of "piss," and 17 combined uses of "bitch" and "bastard." SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD A brief sex scene depicting a man and a woman having sex out of focus behind another man who is trying to sleep, they are both clearly nude and the woman is grinding against the man, however any graphic detail or nudity is cut off from the blur and the scene lasts only a few seconds.

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age 17+

A High Quality Modern Western

Hell or High Water is a quality film from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and his Oscar nod was well deserved. It features memorable and impressive performances from Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham. It is an engaging story and a nice change of pace back to the older more contemplative westerns of the past. The film does blur the lines between right and wrong with the protagonists being bank robbers and there is also some brief but intense violence and language. Not everyone will love this film but I did and highly recommend it for those who still appreciate a slow building, character driven western.

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