Ocean's 8

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Breezy heist comedy has fab cast, some iffy behavior.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 110 minutes
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The central characters are all thieves/criminals, but they do have their own code of ethics, which includes teamwork, friendship, and looking out for one another. The importance of planning and strategizing is also promoted.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The con artists are loyal, brave, smart, funny, and honorable toward one another, although obviously they're morally ambiguous overall. The diverse cast includes women of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Violence

Plenty of tension/suspense. Debbie threatens her ex with a prison-made shiv that she uses to rip off one of his buttons. A character is shown violently throwing up (the vomit is off-screen, but you hear her gag, and she's shown over the toilet).

Sex

Flirting/kissing. In one scene, a woman in lingerie seduces her partner and handcuffs him to his bed (he's shirtless). Several works of art featuring nudity are on display. 

Language

Infrequent language includes "damn," "s--t," "p--sies," "a--holes," "crap," "bugger," etc. A character receives a text that says "fkng." "Piss" written in subtitles.

Consumerism

Cartier and Vogue (and editor Anna Wintour) are heavily featured/referenced. Many other brands/logos/products seen, including Apple/iPhone/Mac, Smirnoff, Bergdorf Goodman, Burberry, Judge Judy, Toyota 4Runner, Veselka restaurant, Nutella, Subway, Keurig, Sodastream, GE, Evenflo, eBay, BMW, Junior's Bakery, Veuve Clicquot champagne, Tinder, Marc Jacobs, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink at dinners, parties, pubs. One character waters down vodka that she sells to clubs; Nine Ball smokes pot on a couple of occasions. A woman's meal is drugged to make her vomit.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ocean's 8 is part of the Ocean's Eleven universe. In the original George Clooney-starring trilogy, the few female characters were supporting players, but this one flips the script. Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett star as the leaders of an all-woman heist crew who plan to steal a $150 million diamond necklace during the legendary Met Costume Gala in Manhattan. While you can expect plenty of suspense and tension, there's actually almost no violence (a woman lightly threatens an ex with a shiv). Language is fairly infrequent (words include "s--t," "damn," and "p--sies"), but there's some drinking and a couple of instances in which a character smokes pot. Characters also flirt and kiss, and one scene shows a woman in lingerie seducing her partner and handcuffing him to his bed. You'll also see tons of brands/products/high-end labels on display. Bottom line? It's the clever planning of the meticulous crime, witty conversation, and tons of high fashion that bring this comedy together. Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, RihannaSarah Paulson, and Awkwafina co-star.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byAvril S. June 9, 2018
Adult Written byvanessa h. June 8, 2018

awesome

this movie is very empowering for women. great film
Teen, 13 years old Written byClgregorio1 June 8, 2018
Kid, 11 years old June 9, 2018

Fun, Hilarious addition to Oceans series has some mildly innapropraiate material

I thought Oceans 8 was fun and an overall great movie. The only thing that could have made it better was if it had some more action. Violence- 2/10. A character... Continue reading

What's the story?

OCEAN'S 8 -- a companion to the Ocean's Eleven trilogy -- stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean (the apparently deceased Danny's younger sister), who's just been released from prison and immediately reconnects with her partner in crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett), to pull off a seemingly impossible heist. The score is a vintage diamond Cartier necklace worth $150 million, and the setting is the Met's annual Costume Gala. Debbie and Lou enlist an all-woman crew for the job: formerly renowned Irish fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), who owes millions in back taxes; expert hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); pickpocket/con artist Constance (Awkwafina); fence-turned-suburban mom Tammy (Sarah Paulson); and gemologist and jewelry designer Amita (Mindy Kaling). Number eight is the group's mark: A-list actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), who will be wearing the necklace in question. Once the women sign on, Debbie works all the angles to ensure the necklace can be stolen without tipping off the private security detail Cartier has assigned to guard Daphne -- or landing anyone in prison.

Is it any good?

Bullock, Blanchett, and their co-stars don't reinvent George Clooney's formula here, but the ensemble's camaraderie and notable talents make for a fun heist flick that combines fashion and humor. Ocean's 8 certainly isn't a giant misfire (as was expected by some), and the few mentions of Danny (who's never seen in the movie because he's supposedly dead) and his legendary crew are only necessary to keep the Ocean name in the title. The intergenerational cast should appeal to all ages, although there isn't an Elliott Gould-equivalent actress to add to the festivities. (Note to screenwriters for the inevitable sequel: Add a character older than Bullock, who's only 53.) Still, it's amusing to see the utterly New York Awkwafina (who plays the sleight-of-hand expert) trade jokes with Bonham Carter, who seems to channel her favorite real-life fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood, in her role.

Rihanna is understated as a hacker with a penchant for a daily smoke, and Paulson is believable (as always) as a suburban mom who comes out of criminal retirement for the big score. All of the actresses are in fine form, really, although Kaling doesn't seem to get as much screen time as she should, and there should have been a bit more about Debbie and Lou's history as criminal partners. The setting of the storied Met Gala offers plenty of cameo opportunities, with fashion celebs like Anna Wintour and Heidi Klum getting lines, while others -- like Katie Holmes, Kim Kardashian West, and the Jenner sisters -- are shown briefly to add to the story's authenticity. Is this movie going to earn any awards? No. But is it entertaining and worth seeing for the cast and clothes? Of course.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Ocean's 8 is a successful spin-off/companion movie. How do you think this film compares to the premise of the original Ocean's Eleven trilogy? What would you like to see happen in any possible sequels?

  • Does it make a difference that the main characters are all women this time around? Why or why not? How does that affect the story (if it does)?

  • Are there any role models in the movie? If not, is there anything at least redeeming about the characters involved in the heist?

  • How are drinking and drug use portrayed? Are there consequences? Why is that important?

Movie details

For kids who love great female characters

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