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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they should exercise the strongest possible caution in deciding whether this movie is appropriate for their families, even for those over 17. This movie is an outrageous and over the top story about people who kill other people for money and for pure enjoyment. It is extremely violent with graphic and exceptionally explicit fight scenes. There are many horrifying images including a squashed eyeball, a badly scarred prostitute, and a desiccated corpse. Many characters are killed. Characters use extremely strong language and they drink and smoke.
What's the story?
The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues her revenge-fueled quest to kill the traitorous Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in part two of Quentin Tarantino's graphic homage to the martial arts films and spaghetti westerns. This time, The Bride tracks down Sidewinder in the desert, where she also gets her shot at revenge on Elle Driver. And after many close calls, The Bride finally finds the man she's been after – Bill. But after tracking him down in Mexico, The Bride gets the shock of her life when Bill reveals the secret he's been hiding for four years, just before he injects her with truth serum.
Is it any good?
The sequel reveals the tantalizing story behind The Bride and the assassin squad, but in some ways, it was better not to know. Tarantino is far better at pulp fiction than drama. The dialogue sounds like imitation Tarantino and the exposition plays like it should have stayed on the cutting room floor. We were better off imagining the left-out details or projecting them onto spareness of the movie like a Rorschach inkblot. We're better off putting into it what each one of us wants it to be.
There are some great set-pieces, including ingeniously constructed confined-space battles and an escape from being buried alive. And there are some great lines, but it all gets a little too cute and self-aware. At his best, Tarantino runs the zillions of movies he loves through his brain, chops them up and recombines them to show us what they say about the way we want to see ourselves and the way we really do. But at his worst, it's all just a little closed loop of inside references. To speak to him in the movie language he knows best, it's all just a little too much "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
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