Moonwalkers

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Graphic violence, lots of drugs in so-so black comedy.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Loyalty is important, even among thieves, and it's important to keep your word -- especially if there are people who might kill you if you fail to deliver what you've promised.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the many unpleasant situations in which they find themselves, Johnny and Leon maintain a close friendship and watch out for each other. And eventually, even the tough and unpredictable Kidman begins to show loyalty to them, too.

Violence

Lots of graphic violence, including fist fights, shoot outs, execution-style gunshots, and bashing people on the head with sticks, pipes, and shovels. One character is a former soldier who seems to relish taking on multiple opponents. In one scene, he bangs a man's head into the wall until several teeth fall to the ground. Later, he punches a downed rival repeatedly until the attacker's white shirt is sprayed with blood. Other sequences show people's heads getting literally blown off by shotgun blasts.

Sex

No real sex scenes, but much of the film is set in a large mansion occupied by a group of artists who are quite liberal in their views about nudity -- which means there are often topless women in the background. Kissing.

Language

Very colorful language used frequently, eespecially "s--t," "ass," and many variations of "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Tons of drug use: Many scenes show characters snorting cocaine, smoking pot (either rolled into joints or through bongs), and taking opium, LSD, and other substances. Also frequent drinking, including some scenes set at bars that show people getting quite drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Moonwalkers is set in the swinging London arts scene of 1969, and there's lots of drinking, drugs (cocaine, pot, LSD, opium, and more), and nudity (mostly in the form of topless women in the background) as a CIA agent tries to hire legendary director Stanley Kubrick to make a very special movie. There's also quite a lot of graphic violence -- including close-up shots of people getting their heads blown off (or bashed in) -- and near non-stop swearing (mostly "s--t" and "f--k"). Rupert Grint may star, but this is in no way appropriate for Harry Potter fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam Marrick April 18, 2016

Could have been funnier and more impactful.

111 F words and 1 C--t. Lots of casual upper female nudity around an artists' mansion including 2 fully nude women covered in red paint rolling on a canvas... Continue reading
Adult Written byManuelNard August 10, 2018

Moonwalkers

The strong performances by Perlman and Grint make this an enjoyable, trippy and gory ride. Recommended to watch this by boxxy software

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What's the story?

Inspired by a long-running conspiracy theory, MOONWALKERS takes place just before the astronauts of Apollo 11 land on the moon -- and the United States is worried they might not make it. As a backup plan, the CIA sends Kidman (Ron Perlman), a Vietnam veteran and well-trained fighting machine, to London to hire legendary director Stanley Kubrick to secretly film a fake moon landing ... you know, just in case. But instead of Kubrick, Kidman ends up with struggling band manager Jonny (Rupert Grint) and Jonny's roommate Leon (Robert Sheehan), who looks enough like Kubrick to win them both the job. Now they just have to figure out a way to create footage of some fake astronauts, and it doesn't help that a very angry loan shark is looking for all of three of them. 

Is it any good?

Moonwalkers is silly enough and just possibly true enough to be entertaining, but there are caveats. First, the good: The setting, late-'60s London, makes for a joyful romp (kudos to set design). And Grint is amusing to watch in a movie that's not entrenched in wizardry (as beloved as the Harry Potter films are).

But here's the catch: Moonwalkers isn't that much fun. Tonally, it's all over the place, mixing dangerous violent mobsters with hi-jinks. Perlman's character is a former commando, and his motivations appear rooted in an enjoyment of various forms of brutality -- such as taking a shovel to a man's head or knocking a few teeth out of some unfortunate thug. Nobody in the film is very likable, and in the end, the promising premise of the making of a moon landing hoax is lost in the shuffle. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Moonwalkers depicts 1969 London. Do you think the party scenes are exaggerated, or do you think that's what it was really like back then?

  • How are drinking and drug use portrayed? Are there any realistic consequences?

  • What role does violence play in this story? Does the comedic tone affect its impact? Why or why not?

  • Do you think there might be a shred of truth to this story? Why are conspiracy theories like the one behind this movie so persistent? 

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For kids who love offbeat movies

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