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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Argues that the U.S. legal system is out of balance, making it difficult for the less affluent to get ahead. But it also seems to be saying that having money is the only way out, no matter how you get it.
Positive Role Models
The main character is an idealistic lawyer who fights for the historically marginalized as a public defender despite long hours and low wages. People of color are treated unfairly by both police and White judges. Diverse characters and relationships; nonstereotypical representations include a Jewish-run drug cartel.
Violence & Scariness
Intense physical fights, including strangling. Stabbing. Shooting with blood splatter. A woman pulls a gun when she feels sexually threatened. Sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Casual sex suggested via a scene of passionate making out that cuts to people lying in bed after the act. Female lead wears tight/revealing shirts and demonstrates strong sexual agency. Crass sexual references.
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Pervasive strong language including: "a--hole," "bitch," "bulls--t," "d--k," "s--t," and frequent use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
A couple of car brands are featured prominently and may be product placement, but they're not necessarily shown positively.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The plot revolves around a drug heist, discussed as "the product." Implication of a privileged character snorting cocaine. Character smokes pot. Social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naked Singularity is a book-based heist drama that pairs an astrophysical theory about black holes with the idea that the U.S. penal system is currently in a state of collapse. While it offers some nonstereotypical representations, it also sends the message that the only way to fight the system is with wealth, no matter how you get the money. In this case, that means obtaining millions is by stealing and selling drugs. And while the film's main character (John Boyega) says that his goal is to make sure the product never hits the street, viewers do see people snorting cocaine and smoking pot. Violence involves guns, a sword, and a couple of severe beatings. The main female character is portrayed as brave and resilient and has sexual agency, which comes into play in the form of a couple scenes of implied casual sex and passionate making out. Expect heavy profanity throughout ("s--t," "d--k"), particularly "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Some teens may lean into this crime drama as their version of The Matrix, but it's really much more comparable to The Butterfly Effect: not great, but memorable, with interesting ideas. It's easy to see teens using Naked Singularity as a reference point in long, passionate discussions about the idea that the world around us isn't exactly what it seems and that perhaps something greater is happening in the cosmos or beyond -- something that could be manipulated, if only we could figure out how.
Boyega and co-star Olivia Cooke are phenomenal, continuing to prove they're talent worth following. Boyega is equally funny and haunting as an Everyman who's trying to do the right thing, and Cooke is convincingly unrecognizable from any of her previous characterizations. In adapting Sergio De La Pava's award-winning 700-page mashup of science, crime, and social commentary, writer-director Chase Palmer created quite a challenge for himself. Considering the daunting nature of the task, the result isn't half bad, but what gets lost are key details, brushed through quickly and left in the gritty corners. Comparing life to astronomy can leave your head spinning. As a whole, the endeavor isn't as smart as it pretends it is, but you might feel smart while watching it -- and, sometimes, that's good enough.
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