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By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Shallow noir thriller has strong language, drinking.

Movie NR 2018 100 minutes
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age 13+

Eh ok

It’s alright just watched it once , but the crush was a lot better

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Unfortunately, not only is this crime drama's climax not sufficiently thought through, but Josie's entire gimmick is given away in the first act. Despite the presence of skilled actors like McDermott (LA to Vegas) and Turner (Game of Thrones and the more recent X-Men movies), Josie's characters aren't defined beyond types that are too familiar within the noir genre: quiet man with a past, Lolita-esque jailbait/femme fatale. So while the actors have their moments -- Turner is especially good in a sequence in which she coolly tells a series of lies about herself -- we never get invested. Hank is a security guard with no uniform or authority. Marcus is a generically misbehaved punk. The climax is so riddled with logical holes that it generates more annoyance than interest.

Noir is a genre that keeps proving it still has plenty to offer, from the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple and Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat in the '80s to the more recent L.A. Confidential, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, No Country for Old Men, and many others. But in Josie, the exercise is too general, slow-moving, and lightly considered to involve viewers deeply or leave them with something to take home.

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