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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main characters -- a motorcycle gang -- go on a bloody revenge spree to avenge a decades-old wrong. Their lifestyle is portrayed as an endless series of violent acts, sexual encounters, and criminal activity. Two characters discuss how high-end motorcycling is moving toward respectability and becoming a legitimate, lucrative business and recreational activity. Female characters are stereotypical and objectified.
Violence & Scariness
Shootings, beatings, throat-slitting, garroting, and more; guns, crossbows, knives, and fire are used to kill. Many characters are subjected to having their throats cut and then being set on fire. Graphic special-effects close-ups of cut throats, severed heads, bullet wounds, blood spatter, etc. are shown. A character is chloroformed. Torture to obtain information. Scalping. Discussion of whether to cuts the heads or pinkies off dead victims as trophies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gratuitous and frequent topless and full-frontal nudity; multiple sex scenes; extensive discussion of sex, oral sex, necrophilia, and more; some groping and ogling; kissing; scenes set in strip clubs. Pornography is glimpsed. Same-sex kissing; implied sex with multiple participants. Topless wrestling.
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Constant strong language, including "f--k," "motherf---er," "p---y," "s--t," "a--holes," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Indian motorcycles are mentioned; no other brands mentioned or visible on screen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Constant smoking, drinking, and drug use. Beer and hard liquor are drunk to excess; cigarettes and cigars are smoked; marijuana is frequently smoked; one character goes on a peyote-fueled vision quest in the desert; mention is made of the '60s biker trade in LSD and cocaine; a methamphetamine lab is glimpsed. "Pill-popping" is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie -- which was executive-produced by grindhouse aficionado Quentin Tarantino -- has all of the violence, language, and extreme behavior of one of his films, but none of the wit, well-drawn characters, or cinematic brilliance. Tarantino's involvement may pique teens' interest, but the constant and extreme level of sexual content (including full-frontal nudity), language, drinking, drug use, and other adult situations isn't age-appropriate for them (or for just about anyone, really). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Backed by Quentin Tarantino, this mediocre movie is inspired by the motorcycle gang exploitation films of the '60s and '70s. Writer-director-star Bishop has a track record in the genre, and he gets all the trappings right: There are plenty of shots of our heroes on the open road, as well as plenty of butts, breasts, and babes in between the murders and other felonies. But Hell Ride lacks an actual storyline; the thin plot can't support Bishop's fondness for over-the-top violence and sex. Other scenes -- like Pistolero's peyote-aided vision quest -- have more to do with referencing similar sequences in cheapie biker flicks of the past than they do with telling a coherent, connected story that moves forward and keeps viewers' interest.
Hell Ride is also amazingly sexist; female characters are either potty-mouthed sex kittens or speechless, topless set dressing. The film's big revelation of Pistolero's motivation to avenge Cherokee's death is as cliched as it is obvious, and it's not enough of a revelation to make us want to root for the cold-blooded murderers that Bishop has set up as his anti-heroes. Hell Ride is greasy and grimy, grim and gritty, and full of Bishop's evident love for biker-gang movies from the past. Unfortunately, it's just not very good.
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