Parents' Guide to

Kuttey

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Graphic violence, strong language in Bollywood noir action.

Movie NR 2023 109 minutes
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This is a Bollywood take on the noir thrillers defined by Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie that is enjoyable enough, if derivative and chaotic. Kuttey (Dogs in Hindi) is told in chapter form as it centers on three gangs of people competing to rob a bank van of its money -- two corrupt undercover cops, the daughter of a drug kingpin and her lover, a henchman of her father's, and the superior officers of the undercover cops. Oh, and there are also communist guerillas.

It's entertaining despite all the cliches of hardboiled dialogue (the retelling of the "Frog and Scorpion" folktale is particularly excruciating), extreme gratuitous violence, and the inevitable scenes of every single character having a weapon and pointing them at each other. With all the death at the beginning and throughout the movie, it's easy enough to guess how all this is going to play out, but the strong acting and capable directing (despite the overuse of "foreboding" background music) keeps it engaging enough for mature audiences.

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