A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Fight for your family. Never give up.
Positive Role Models
The kids are brave and manage to make smart decisions.
The main characters are White and German.
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Violence & Scariness
Strong violence, gore, blood, injury detail, characters in peril, and grave threat. People get beaten, torn apart, chased by "infected" older people who display various zombie-like traits (but no eating of people is shown). People are punched, kicked, stabbed, suffocated, killed in various ways. A man beats a woman's face in with a fire extinguisher. Another man beats a couple's faces in with a heavy metal ball. Someone gets beaten and stabbed with a fire poker. A man is shot in the head (shown). A woman has her neck cut (shown). A woman knocks out another woman with a flashlight. A woman chews an electric cable until it electrocutes her. Another woman is found dead with a rag stuffed down her mouth. A car crash shows bloodied victims. A dream shows a man hitting a boy with a hammer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity: An older woman sits in a shower waiting to be attended to, and a dead woman is found naked, with bare breasts shown. Jokes about "not being into feet" and "how hot it makes me." One scene showing a man about to give a woman oral sex. Some romantic kissing.
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Strong language includes one instance each of "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol at parties and dinners. It's implied that some older people have been taking medications of various sorts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Old People is a German horror film about older people turning into uncontrollable killing zombie-like hordes because society hasn't treated their population well enough. Expect lots of violence, gore, blood, killing, injury detail, and people in peril and danger. People get beaten with heavy objects, torn apart by mobs, stabbed and cut, shot in the head, suffocated, and electrocuted, and have their necks sliced open. There are two brief scenes of nudity (bare breasts) in nonsexual contexts. Sexual content includes a few jokes, romantic kissing, and one scene that briefly shows a man about to give a woman oral sex. Strong language includes one instance each of "f--k" and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The setup is relatively novel, but this violent gorefest jumps on the silly train halfway in. The beginning of Old People sets it up to be quite promising, but too many frustrating elements keep this movie from being something worth watching. First, the film never articulates or says something beyond "society has forgotten its older population, thus this is their wrath." But this still formula doesn't give any humanity, agency, or power to older people, individually or as a group, and even further, dangerously demonizes them: "If you don't treat older people better, they'll kill you!" What's odd is that the sentiment is meant to be a lesson, but what kind of lesson is it exactly? What if the group of people in question were an ethnic group or a particular race of people? Then the message would be, "Please, treat this group of people better, or else they'll kill you!"
The film is also shot in such bad lighting that in 80% of the scenes it's literally too difficult to see what's going on. Also, the plot is formulaic, and nothing that happens is surprising or all that creative. But while the acting is commendable and earnestly given, the worst offense is the writing, which has characters often doing stupid things or making dumb decisions, which completely dissolves any suspension of disbelief. For instance, when Ella, safe inside a house and with others for protection, can't find her son, she thinks it smart to go outside (where all the murderous zombies are, and who have shown no ability to talk or understand anything) and scream, "Where is my son?" instead of simply staying in the house. Too many equally stupid decisions like this kill any connection to the characters one might still have by the end of the film.
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