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Risk-taking and seizing the moment are encouraged, even if that means breaking the law or doing wrong. There is also the theme of second chances, and allowing those with past misdemeanors the opportunity to reinvent themselves. References to drugs, violence, and examples of dangerous driving.
Positive Role Models
Paxton and Linda have their heart in the right place, but they both willingly break the law. Linda justifies her crimes by claiming the sole victim is a huge corporation that she despises. She displays something of a conscience. Paxton admits to having a criminal record, and is happy to receive a fake ID to undertake a job. He also owns up to speeding just for the thrill, despite putting others at risk when doing so. They both steal sweets and snacks from a store without paying. Reference to a stereotype about Jewish people.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is discussed but not seen. Character admits they once "beat a man senseless." A robbery takes place. Character mimics suicide to take a selfie. Two drug dealers break into a garden.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters say they want to sleep together. They seemingly do indeed have sex, although this occurs off camera.
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Consistent strong language with several uses of the word "f--k" -- it's often used aggressively, such as when telling strangers to "f--k off." Also the word "s--t." Reference to a conspiracy that plays into a stereotype about Jewish people.
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Products & Purchases
The plot revolves around stealing jewelry from an expensive -- and well-known London -- department store.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes consistently, and drink alcohol -- during the day, and alone. They discuss the merits of smoking and how great it makes them feel to smoke. They admit to drinking more in "lockdown," and one character is seen very drunk while alone. A character admits to taking heroin, and even tries an opium-based drug in a bid to help them sleep. Characters also admit to having smoked pot in the past.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Locked Down is a British drama, set in the midst of the global pandemic, starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, with plenty of swearing, drinking, and drug references. Lead characters, Linda (Hathaway) and Paxton (Ejiofor) plan to undertake a major robbery, believing it to be for the right reasons. Paxton has a criminal record, and admits to having attacked someone in the past. He also speeds for the thrill of it, uses a fake ID, and steals. In one scene, drug dealers break into someone's garden, and entice the property owner to smoke an opiate. The same character admits to having taken heroin in the past, and smoking pot. The characters smoke cigarettes throughout, and they celebrate the reasons why, discussing the benefits. They also drink alone and during office hours, and we see one character get drunk by herself. The swearing is frequent, with several uses of the word "f--k" and "s--t." A character also mentions someone he knows who believes in a conspiracy that plays into Jewish stereotypes. A couple allude to having sex, but it takes place off camera. The main theme of the movie is how COVID-19 has impacted society emotionally, and how it should help us realize what's really important in our lives. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
By focusing closely on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the public, there's no denying this feels like a relevant piece of cinema. Locked Down taps into the emotional complexities society has been forced to face during the global pandemic. While capturing a moment in time, the movie's very unique selling point is also it's biggest flaw. Do audiences really want to see their own lives being played back to them right now? Films represent the chance of escapism, a place where we don't have to contend with lockdown and the pandemic. So while this movie may be appreciated in time, it's probably the last thing you want to watch while our daily lives are feeling so disrupted by the very thing the movie depicts. It feels a little too close to home, and a little too soon.
Director Doug Liman, alongside esteemed screenwriter Steven Knight, should be commended for their resourceful means of storytelling however, utilizing media like Zoom to help tell their story, even if that, by default, has a negative effect on the production value and aesthetic. The narrative is also flawed and has many plot-holes to it. The cameos are fun however, as joining both Ejiofor and Hathaway in the lead roles, comes brief appearances from the likes of Ben Kingsley, Ben Stiller, and Mindy Kaling.
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