A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People can have both nurturing and destructive qualities. Heroic acts are not always rewarded and sometimes there is no comeuppance for bad behavior. Revenge is a prominent theme.
Positive Role Models
Mama is dedicated and protective toward her family, though very strict and shuts them off from the world. Her motivation seems to come from a place of love but is gradually revealed to have a more sinister side. Maisy is kind, obedient, and taught not to question, but her curiosity bubbles beneath the surface and she hides some things from her overbearing mother. Jack is a criminal and quick to turn to violence, though usually to protect himself and his brother. He threatens his brother but also shows love and tenderness toward him, as well as empathy toward others characters, even though it puts him at risk.
Mama is a female character initially placed in the role of victim but quickly shows strength and determination, and becomes a terrifying force in her own right. Jack, a man quick to show stereotypically masculine violence and aggression, also reveals a softness, showing care for others and crying at one point. The two sides are able to co-exist without the latter portrayed as making him "weak." Most main characters are White. The father of the family, Pa, is Black, though confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, portraying the only disabled character as mostly a helpless victim. A Black policeman is the first character killed. Language such as "nutter" and "insane" is used to describe a character whose mental health appears to be suffering.
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Violence & Scariness
Close-up shown of a large, bloody wound as an object is removed (complete with squelching sound) and it is both sewn and stapled up. Other injuries are seen, including a bloody cut to the head and bullet wound, as well as blood spatter. Characters threaten each other, are stabbed, shot, hit with objects, run over with a car, kidnapped, suffocated, punched, kicked, headbutted, and strangled. Body parts are amputated as punishment, though not on-screen. Death of a son, husband, and mother are mentioned. References are made to a car accident, and an overturned vehicle with a dead body is shown. A character asks another to help them die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman bathes a man and suggestively looks at a camera as she reaches under his towel with a sponge to wash his genitals -- no nudity.
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Language includes "c--t," "f--k," "f---ing," "f--ked," "s--t," "bulls--t," "s--ting," "ass," and "Jesus Christ" in exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character drinks spirits from the bottle to ease pain, another drinks wine with dinner. Tramadol is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Bone Lodge is a British thriller with gruesome violence and injuries, along with strong language. Joely Richardson stars as a woman living in a secluded lodge with her husband and daughter, whose quiet existence is interrupted by two criminal brothers seeking refuge during a storm. There is a near-constant level of threat throughout, and violent moments, including physical fighting, stabbings, and shootings, as well as injury detail shown. Strong language such as "c--t," "f--k," and "s--t" are used. Characters are complex, and show both positive and negative qualities at times, making the story more intricate than a typical good-versus-bad tale. Some of the themes are very dark, and likely to disturb younger audiences, but this is a smart, twisty movie that will appeal to older teens and adults who don't mind an intense plot that leans into horror territory at times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What initially sounds like your typical home invasion thriller is given complexity and a fair amount of creepiness in the first feature film script from writer Linpow, who also plays the role of Jack. Richardson carries the rest of Little Bone Lodge confidently in the increasingly unsettling part of Mama, and up-and-comers Cadby and Sadie Soverall both offer impressive performances in supporting roles. That there are twists is unsurprising, but their gruesomeness will either delight or disgust, depending how dark viewers are willing to go. Atmospheric, layered, and well-paced, the film not only cleverly subverts the genre while still delivering on thrills, but takes the time to build heartfelt relationships at the core -- keeping the stakes high right to the final scene.
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