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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The confusing ending seems to suggest some kind of revenge, which is iffy in itself, but it's also positioned as an excuse for some of the film's most brutal acts of violence, most of them committed against women.
Positive Role Models
Other than young Casey, who demonstrates bravery and uses her wits to stay ahead of the villains, no role models here (only thieves and killers). Confusing ending may erase whatever good qualities Casey has, depending on how you read it.
Violence & Scariness
A man bashes a woman in the back of the head, killing her. Bloody face, blood puddle on floor; he smashes her body with a hammer (crunching noises heard). Bloody corpse shown. Child finds and loads gun, shoots villain. Child in peril for most of the movie (she's scared and sobbing); she jumps from a high window and hurts her ankle. Child shot. Woman hit hard, crashes to floor. Character stabbed in stomach and in leg: bloody wounds, blood on hand, coughing blood. Dialogue about loved ones passing away.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters stare at a third and make sexually suggestive comments about her to each other.
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Several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Also "pissing," "hell," and "goddamn," plus "oh God" and "Jesus" as exclamations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults taste whiskey and drink wine and champagne at masquerade party. Two people admit to being tipsy and being unable to drive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Masquerade is a home-invasion thriller starring Bella Thorne about art thieves whose plans are interrupted by a savvy young girl. Violence is brutal and bloody: Women are punched, beaten, and killed, and a man smashes a woman's corpse with a hammer. A young girl gets ahold of a gun, and people are shot and killed. The same girl is in peril for most of the movie, terrified and sobbing. A character is stabbed in the stomach and leg. Language is also strong, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Two characters make sexually suggestive comments about a third person. The movie opens on a masquerade party at which adults drink whiskey, wine, and champagne; two characters get too tipsy/drunk to drive home. 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 bargain-bin thriller largely fails at generating much suspense and succeeds mainly at raising questions about its characters' capabilities and its bizarre, baffling "final twist." Masquerade starts out strangely, with the masked robbers speaking lines of exposition to each other about their plan, even if their plan makes no sense. It hinges on them waiting until it's nearly too late to even enter the house and then leisurely cutting paintings out of their frames when they have no time to do so. Worse, one of the bandits must spend time hunting for Casey, so their workforce is cut in half. Not to mention: Why do they even need to hunt for Casey? Why not just grab the stuff and go?
Aside from a needlessly cruel murder, nothing much happens until the parents get home, and even then there's a lot of wandering around and more strange behavior. The mother keeps trying to go upstairs and check on Casey, but for some reason the father needs her help to find a flashlight. Thorne is arguably the draw for Masquerade, but her usual tough persona is squelched here; she's kept out of the action for most of the running time. That said, the ending of Masquerade is the movie's biggest "what?" moment, perhaps sending some viewers back for another look, but likely irritating most others.
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