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Parents' Guide to

How to Fake a War

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sloppy war satire has swearing, violence, and materialism.

Movie NR 2020 84 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

A Good evening

I thought it funny and am at a loss to understand this review. Of course it involved some suspension of belief but after that it was quick and witty. When one ponders the foul language regularly deployed on our screens in the guise of humour this was subtle. It was English.
age 5+

my plans failed

i was planing to start a war and then i watched this for inspiration but it totally destroyed my plans for the first strides of the war i was practising my war cries and the neighbours called the police because apparently they thought i was getting murdered but i wasn't so that was fun

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A flimsy story filled with clichés, this movie limps through its 84-minute runtime as though it's sustained a battlefield injury of its own making. The characters' motivations frequently change to aid the plot. Sisters Kate and Peggy (Lily Newmark), in particular, alternate between being at odds and working as a team, moving past one major revelation about their relationship as quickly as it has been dumped into the story.

The dialogue is hampered with labored exposition, which leads to How to Fake a War 's attempts at humor falling flat. This is despite efforts to use jokes to shine a light on how the media and celebrities can attempt to exploit worthy causes to their own ends. The plot is largely implausible, too. The footage shot by Kate and her colleagues is unconvincing, while the movie's portrayal of foreigners as rural "simpletons" manipulated by cynical Brits and Americans is as lazy as it is dated. All in all, this is one "fake news" story that's unlikely to go viral.

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