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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A little girl sees her father get shot in the head at point-blank range; the blood is shown splattering across her face. Characters tortured: electric cattle prod shoved up the rear end of a tied-up man, fingernails pulled out with pliers, character tied up, beaten, and bloodied, bat to head and back. Shootings, stabbings, mixed martial arts-style fighting.
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"F--k" used several times. "Motherf----r." "S--t," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "ass," "balls." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking throughout. Some alcohol drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Maria is a 2019 Filipino action movie in which a former assassin is back on the job to avenge the murders of her husband and daughter. Expect constant and stylized action-movie violence, including fighting with guns, knives, punches, and kicks. Some characters are shown getting tortured, including a scene in which one of the lead antagonists shoves an electric cattle prod up the backside of a tied-up man. Fingernails are pulled out with pliers. A little girl watches as her father is shot in the head; the blood splatters across her face. "F--k" is used several times, along with "motherf----r." Cigarette smoking occurs throughout, and there's some alcohol drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is yet another stylized ultraviolent revenge fantasy. There are so many moments of gratuitous violence: violence that doesn't advance the story or develop the characters but simply exists for cheap shock value and to fill the holes left in an uneven storyline. Maria is the kind of movie that really, really, really wants you to understand who the bad guys are, and if they don't seem bad to you at first, or you weren't convinced in their introductory instance of bad behavior, here are two or three more instances of bad guys doing bad things.
As the lead character, Cristine Reyes shows that her acting chops are nearly as good as the many scenes in which she stabs, shoots, kicks, and punches her way through shipyards, bazaars, and rec rooms. That said, it doesn't change the fact that the overall story feels like a rejected screenplay for a Chuck Norris movie that had been languishing in an old Cannon Films file cabinet.
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