Parents' Guide to

New Order

By Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mexican class-warfare drama has brutality, sexual violence.

Movie R 2021 86 minutes
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At a time when the divide between classes is increasingly pronounced, this thriller explores a gripping, albeit gory, possibility of class warfare. Visually, New Order is slick and rich, the performances honest and gripping. On the surface, the story depicts a classic damsel in distress -- i.e. the blonde, light-skinned Marianne -- who needs rescuing. To save her life, the family needs to shell out a huge ransom, which they're willing to pay. But when the old man asked the family for far less to pay for the surgery that would save his wife's life, they weren't willing to give it to him, a situation that clearly suggests they don't think the lives of the poor are worth as much as the lives of the rich.

At first, there's something compelling about the poor taking what's owed to them in the form of jewelry and cash. But Marianne's mistreatment in captivity is violent and disturbing. And when it comes to the rebels repeatedly assaulting women (presumably, the affluent, light-skinned women they could never be with), it starts to feel fetishizing and overindulgent. But the story shifts when two lower-class house staffers are approached to facilitate Marianne's release. They bravely risk their lives to bring money through checkpoints to save the young woman they got to know and love while working at her family's house. That family, however, is mistrusting and prejudiced against them -- and so, unknowingly, against their own interests. In the end, these characters must ask themselves: Is there ever any benefit to helping the wealthy? And can trust be earned where there's no respect?

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 21, 2021
  • On DVD or streaming: May 21, 2021
  • Cast: Diego Boneta , Naian González Norvind , Fernando Cuautle
  • Director: Michel Franco
  • Inclusion Information: Latino actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Neon
  • Genre: Drama
  • Character Strengths: Courage
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing and violent content, rape, graphic nudity, and language
  • Last updated: January 6, 2024

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