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Jane Got a Gun

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, language in Western that never comes to life.

Movie R 2016 98 minutes
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This Western doesn't have anything terribly wrong with it -- terrific cast, fine story and acting, appealing scenery -- but somehow it just never sparks to life. Another problem is that the strange title, JANE GOT A GUN (which recalls an Aerosmith song), suggests something rather raucous or even funny, perhaps even a movie about the outlaw Calamity Jane. But instead it's a very serious, rather low-key drama with no special flourishes and nothing out of the ordinary.

The direction by Gavin O'Connor (Miracle, Pride and Glory, Warrior) hints at a sense of duty, an attempt to honor the good and decent people of the old West. This approach might work with a sports movie, but a Western requires another level. The Old West setting involves a struggle between order and chaos, the old and the new. This movie doesn't seem to go beyond its surface story. That said, Portman and Edgerton (who co-wrote the screenplay) are both appealing in their roles.

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