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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"Manners maketh man" is an enduring message. Also, class and money aren't what define you -- your character does. Loyalty and hard work are rewarded.
Positive Role Models
Eggsy is coarse and prone to fights, but he's also protective of his mother and sister, has a deep well of kindness and loyalty, and wants to do right by others. Harry is positioned as Eggsy's role model, but not all of his actions are worthy of emulation.
Violence & Scariness
An endless parade of so-over-the-top-that-it's-almost-cartoonish violence; it's stylized and clearly not realistic, but it's still shocking and brutal. Many gory injuries and deaths, especially during a scene of mass carnage inside a church. Scenes include hatchets to the head, a man sliced in half, gunshots at close range, crashes, stabbings, a man impaled on a pole, explosions, eye gougings, heads exploding, and much, much more. It's gruesome yet glamorized, and the sum total is unsettling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman's naked backside is shown as part of a tasteless, sexist, sexually provocative joke. Allusions to sexual acts (including anal sex), some kissing/flirting.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "damn," the "N" word, and a homophobic slur.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of luxury items/products, including a 1962 Dalmont and bespoke suits made on London's Savile Row. Also Adidas, Guinness, and a big, obvious plug for McDonald's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many scenes show people drinking beer and hard liquor at pubs and at home, sometimes leading to violence. Rohypnol is also mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kingsman: The Secret Service is a bold, though at times indulgently violent, action thriller that turns the James Bond genre on its head. It's funny, cheeky, and stylish, but it's also extremely brutal, with exploding heads, gory stabbings, shootings, and utter murderous mayhem (a scene of mass carnage inside a church is especially wince-inducing/stomach-turning). While the violence is presented in a stylized, almost cartoonish way, the sum total of it is likely to disturb some viewers. There's also swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and some racial/homophobic slurs), sexual innuendo, a gratuitously tasteless scene with a naked female bottom, and drinking. But there's also a smattering of advice about how to be an honorable person in a dishonorable time. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's been a long while since a movie of this genre satisfied so much with wit and joy. For those who love film and all that is cinematic, Kingsman: The Secret Service is delightful fun. Director Matthew Vaughn's love for spy films and for this production is so unmistakable that you can't help but be swept up in it. Every character, every frame, and nearly every line of dialogue is delivered with glee. It's brash and bold and full of cheek.
And it's no copycat. Nearly every spy thriller cliche is turned on its head here and milked for maximum amusement. (A sequence unveiling all the secret weaponry is a pleasure.) The plot is somewhat original, or at least interesting, and the stars are great. That said, a few points off for saddling the villainous (and enjoyable) Jackson with a lisp -- it's a cheap shot -- and for the constant (albeit cartoonish) violence that enjoys itself a little too much. The mayhem is over the top, and Vaughn relies too much on the slo-mo. And there's a crass joke at a princess' expense that feels like nothing more than sexist junk. But look past these issues, and you'll have a grand old time at the movies.
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