A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not much is positive, but friendship, teamwork, support are valued. Concepts of risking your safety for others, waking up to reality instead of "staying asleep" or conforming are also promoted.
Positive Role Models
Angelino might seem like a "loser," but, as he proudly says, he's not a coward. Vinz is a loyal best friend. The lucha libre wrestlers catch on to the dangers posed by the men in black and try to help (albeit violently).
Violence & Scariness
Tons of violence -- mostly gun and weapons-based. Body count is incredibly high. Huge shoot-outs in which people are riddled with bullets, and close-ups of blood pooling behind the dead or dying. Some characters are dismembered, and people who are actually aliens turn into aliens when their bodies "die." Along with weapons-based deaths, occasional hot pursuits, car crashes, and collapsing structures that result in casualties. All animated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes/comments about female character with large breasts and short outfit whom Angelino falls for. Other women shown in revealing clothes (lots of cleavage), and people in background kiss.
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Nonstop language includes "motherf----r" and "f--k" in nearly every scene, as well as "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "pendejo," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of smoking -- mostly cigarettes. Adults are shown with drinks in their hands.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MFKZ (titled Mutafukaz in other countries) may be animated, but it's definitely not for kids. This gritty, mature adaptation of French artist Guillaume "Run" Renard's graphic novel has tons of chaotic gun violence (including blood and gore) and strong language in practically every line of dialogue. The body count is ridiculously high, usually due to gunshot wounds, although car crashes and collapsing structures occasionally result in casualties, too. And some of the violence is close up and very bloody. Characters spew "motherf----r" and "f--k" in nearly every scene, as well as "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "pendejo," "ass," and more. There's also cigarette smoking and some drinking, as well as cleavage-baring outfits and jokes about a buxom character. The movie's nonstop violence and language overwhelm its fairly thin (and confusing) plot, but it's exactly the sort of film that some teens will want to see because of its slacker-cool main character and grimy, anti-establishment overtones. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its frenetic pace and Tarantino-level of ultra-violence, this dystopian thriller lags in parts and lacks a cohesive plot, so it will likely only satisfy ardent fans of violent anime. Even if you disregard its completely unanswered questions -- like why Angelino and his best friends look so stylized, while most other people look realistic -- the plot is somewhat confusing, and it's difficult to care about any of the main characters. There's some humor to break up the constant barrage of gunfire and death, but even viewers somewhat desensitized to violence and language may find it hard to get through all 94 minutes of MFKZ.
That's not to say there isn't an audience for this kid of gritty, grimy anime; there definitely is. And audiences interested in social commentary will find plenty to unpack or raise eyebrows at -- from the very name "Dark Meat City" to the fact that nearly all of the brown characters in the film are gun-wielding criminals. But most mainstream moviegoers will wonder what kind of off-putting chaos has taken over their screen. One of the most memorable supporting characters, however, is a Shakespeare-quoting gangster (voiced by RZA) who enjoys making sure that those he kills hear Hamlet before they're shot (it's a nod to Samuel L. Jackson's assassin in Pulp Fiction). Whether or not the movie sounds appealing, be warned: It's definitely not for kids or (most) teens.
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