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

age 17+

Horrifying situations in surreal, escalating nightmare.

R 2017 115 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 21 reviews

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age 18+

I liked it

I saw this movie in theatres back in 2017, and man it was very good but I almost had to walk out when it got to that scene with the baby if you know what I am talking about. The last 45 minutes got very chaotic quick and I had a huge migrane. Hopefully someday people will understand it

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age 16+

An uncomfortable glimpse of humanity’s soul

About a quarter of the way through Mother! you realise that it is a burlesque, a very dark one. The promised descent into chaos comes sooner and more suddenly than you expect and you realise something quite unexpected is on the way. What is it going to say? Suddenly it’s not scary and discomforting anymore but enthralling, funny and true. You are in a mythical nightmare. The grossness and violence - which is shocking more than it is extreme or graphic - is just a prop. Mother! obeys Chekhov’s law of playwrighting as all visual clues come to realise a brutal significance - “a gun hanging over the mantelpiece in the first act has to be fired by the third”. I love this film. It tears away the gossamer thin veneer of goodness on the surface of societal culture and civilisation and reveals at its core a murderous amoral and insatiable absolute zero of interstellar space. Who is “he”? Is it God? Is it me? And what is the gemstone? Why is it worth more - to “him” - than all life? Like all great films, this one leaves you contemplating unanswered questions. The funniest aspect of Mother! is reading the reactions of people who watched it and didn’t get it. Did they glimpse enough of the film’s message to be offended? But once you see the film as a myth or parable, albeit a dark one, the moral take-away is a positive one.

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