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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
While the three main characters are likable enough, and Erry has a clear passion for music, they use their love of music and business talents to make a fortune by selling the pirated music of other artists as mixtapes.
Movie is set in Naples, Italy, primarily during the 1980s, and shows teens coming of age against a backdrop of '80s music popular around the world.
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Violence & Scariness
A bully on the street confronts Erry and beats him up, punching and kicking him. His brother Angelo sees this and retaliates by taking his sock off, putting a rock inside of it, and knocking the bully out, resulting in blood and an attempted murder charge that sends him to jail. Archival news footage of murdered Mafia leaders, their bodies on the sidewalks, and blood on the sidewalks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirtation. One of the brothers seems to have a few different girlfriends at the same time.
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"F--k" used several times. Also: "a--hole" "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "pissed," "ass," "damn," "retarded."
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Products & Purchases
Jack Daniels bottles clearly shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Champagne and booze drinking in nightclubs. Wine drinking. A family pulls a scam where they replace the whiskey in Jack Daniels bottles with tea and sell it in an outdoor market.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mixed by Erry is a 2023 Italian comedy based on a true story about three brothers in the '80s who made a fortune by selling and distributing mixtapes throughout Italy. A bully punches and kicks Erry and Erry's brother knocks out the bully with a rock he put in his sock, causing the bully to fall to the ground bloodied. Archival news footage of murdered Mafia leaders, their bodies on the sidewalks, and blood on the sidewalks. Cigarette smoking and some drinking. A family pulls a scam where they replace the whiskey in Jack Daniels bottles with tea and sell it in an outdoor market. Language throughout, including "f--k." In Italian, with English subtitles. 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 an enjoyable and relevant story about the love of music, pirating, and finding success through questionable means. Mixed by Erry centers on three brothers who find incredible success by selling and distributing mixtapes of the music of popular bands throughout Italy. While Erry considers himself to be just another DJ getting the music out there, the vast fortunes aren't going to the artists who make the music. The brothers must contend with the Mafia, the financial police, and, eventually, the music industry.
It's a movie as interesting as it is enjoyable, relevant because home taping, with 20/20 hindsight, can be seen as one of the first nails in the coffin of the music industry. It's set in the '80s, but there's a refreshing lack of going overboard with nostalgia -- the focus always remains on the story. There's a dark noir comedy style to it that should be familiar to most, as it's done in so many other movies, but it works here, as it's an original and at times funny look into a brief moment in time when cassette mixtapes were the ways in which teens shared music with each other.
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