Miss Bala

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Female-driven crime action has violence, swearing, drugs.

PG-13 2019 103 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 14+

Gritty and Good

The movie is about a girl who gets caught in the middle of turf war in Tijuana after going to visit a friend. There is a sense of realism which compels me to recommend this movie to young ladies as a sort of eye opener on the dangers of trafficking. The main villain is charming and attractive, which is what makes him so dangerous to the woman around him. Miss Bala (Gina Rodriguez) eventually finds her strength to overcome her obstacles (in heels none-the-less) and even though the movie takes a somewhat fictional, but not impossible, approach on her character, it was still very pleasing. Would not recommend for young children..

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