A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to have principles and display loyalty.
Positive Role Models
People feel justified (and are glamorized for) breaking laws and rules. A man says he only steals from people wealthy enough not to notice what's been taken. Legal authorities jeopardize lives in an attempt to stop dangerous hackers from profiting from their activities. A band of criminals demonstrates teamwork and puts their lives at risk out of loyalty to their leader.
The film is set in several European countries and stars a diverse cast made up of Black, White, and Asian actors with American, Korean, Indian, South African, Spanish, and British roots. Their backgrounds are not a highlighted aspect of their characters, though the Spanish character mentions her family in Spain and speaks a few lines in Spanish. A character in a wheelchair is generally known as a bad person. He uses his disability to distract a colleague for nefarious purposes, accusing her of questioning his decision-making because he's in a wheelchair.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters are put in risky situations that involve near-plane crashes after nosedives, serious turbulence, a run-in with military fighter jets, and crash landings. A man is hung upside down and tortured, and we find out later that pieces of him were found in six bags. Men carry makeshift guns on an airplane, shoot and kill others, and one shoots himself. Fist fights break out in perilous settings. A cyberterrorism attack floods the streets of Madrid.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple has a history of having one-week flings in Paris. They continue to flirt and eventually kiss. A private jet has a stripper pole. Characters look suggestively at a phallic-shaped object. Characters simulate sex noises in an airplane restroom.
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"S--t," "hell," "ass," "damn," "screw," "douche," "stupid," "creep."
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Products & Purchases
Interpol, Bank of London.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink liquor, beer, and champagne frequently. They wake up hungover in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lift is an action-heavy heist film starring Kevin Hart with an international cast and settings. Characters make questionable decisions, like stealing or putting others' lives at risk. A cyberterrorism attack floods the streets of a major capital. Characters get into perilous situations that involve near-plane crashes, torture, fist fights, gun battles, and death. They drink, sometimes heavily, and swear ("s--t," "hell," "ass," "damn," "screw," "douche," and more). A phallic-shaped object elicits raised eyebrows, and characters simulate sex noises in an airplane restroom. A couple kisses. A character in a wheelchair is generally known as a bad person. He uses his disability to distract a colleague for nefarious purposes, accusing her of questioning his decision-making because he's in a wheelchair. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Netflix should have no trouble finding an international audience for this kinetic heist caper featuring a conspicuously global cast. But viewers might also walk away disappointed by the thin characterizations in Lift. Why bother bringing in actors from around the world only to shortchange them on any meaningful dialogues or character traits? Beyond Hart and Mbatha-Raw, who make a compelling couple, we learn little about any of the stylish gang of bandits except that they consider themselves heroic for stealing from the wealthy. Nothing in this slick actioner feels particularly new, but it's fast-paced and watchable, and the mid-air fight scenes (and nosedives) could get your heart pumping.
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