A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is a straightforward quest for revenge, apparently comfortable in the belief that murdering several people will provide "justice."
Positive Role Models
No role models here. Characters turn to murder and revenge to deal with grief, and one participates in criminal activity.
The two main characters are women with agency, although both commit illegal acts without consequence. An interracial relationship is loving and positive, but both characters die. A police detective, whose role is small but key, is Black. In a play-within-the-movie, an Indian American woman plays Hamlet.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters are shot, with big blood spurts, oozing blood. Characters die of drug overdose; they're shown suffering and panicking. Character poisoned. One person swings a guitar case at another. Knife held to woman's throat. Character's leg scratched with a three-pronged gardening tool, blood shown. Lady Macbeth with bloody hands. Dialogue describing violent events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extremely brief view of a bare breast.
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "bitch" and "son of a bitch," "oh my God," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Craigslist.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character sells drugs. Drug deal shown. Illegal drugs and overdoses are part of the story. Drugged vodka shot. Cigarette smoking. Social drinking in bar. Character drinks from tiny alcohol bottle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Measure of Revenge is a thriller about a mother seeking vengeance for her rock star son's death, which was made to look like a drug overdose. It includes guns and shooting, with deaths, blood spurts and oozing blood, poisoning, characters panicking and suffering during drug overdoses, a knife held to a woman's throat, someone's leg being sliced with a gardening tool, and more. Language is strong, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc. One of the main characters sells drugs, a drug deal is shown, and illegal drugs and overdoses are part of the story. A character drinks a drugged vodka shot, another drinks from a mini alcohol bottle, and there's social drinking in a bar and cigarette smoking. There's a very brief view of a bare breast. 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 flat, lifeless thriller could have been worthwhile if it had actually used its theatrical themes to add some twisty layers or if its exploration of the concept of revenge hadn't been so generic. Measure of Revenge is so bad that not even Oscar winner Leo can make Lillian seem like an actual working actor. With so many plum roles on her resume, you'd think Lillian would be a little more savvy, like All About Eve's Margo Channing, but she comes across as skittish and naïve. The movie occasionally slips in "ghosts" of Lillian's past characters to offer her advice, but these moments seem almost random, as not all of the lines or characters are identifiable, and some of them are certainly not from classic plays.
If the movie had used Lillian's theatrical knowledge to find and punish the culprits, Measure of Revenge might have been fun, but instead it's a dead serious, by-the-numbers account. Lillian believes that she has the right to kill everyone who killed her son, and there are no gray areas; the movie seems to believe that, too. It's likewise somewhat clueless about the way the world works, and depictions of the music business, the photography business, and the theater business all feel awkward and inauthentic. All of this adds up to a movie that lacks all nuance, as well as a driving force. It's dull and inert and -- strangely -- it lacks a screenwriter credit. Perhaps whoever wrote it took "measure" of the situation and jumped ship.
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