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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Very colorful language used frequently, eespecially "s--t," "ass," and many variations of "f--k."
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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