Parents' Guide to

Pig

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Powerful, violent revenge thriller about kidnapped pig.

Movie R 2021 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Not a revenge film, but a film about grief

A mature film with very little violence. A film that draws conclusions in ways that are evolved and go against the current climate of cinema, proving that violence/revenge is not always the answer to everything. Pig is a film that effectively humanizes characters that many viewers would find extremely difficult to empathize with, and the film’s powerful narrative is elevated by Nicolas Cage— and even more so by Alex Wolff’s exceptional performance, which is one of the film‘s highlights. Oscar worthy in the categories of: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Alex Wolff), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.
age 10+

Violence seems to be a little

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

What might have been a typical, one-note revenge movie actually becomes a bleakly atmospheric, oddly touching, surprisingly perceptive drama, with a grizzled, powerhouse performance by Cage. The feature directing debut of Michael Sarnoski, Pig begins deceptively, setting up what we expect will be a familiar story: Robin is shown hunting truffles, cooking and baking, and dealing with the flashy, acerbic Amir. It seems to have much in common with two other very good Cage movies, Joe and Mandy. At first it doesn't make sense that Amir would help Robin, but the more details come out, the more we realize how much Amir respects him, and it all comes together. Wolff gives a fine performance too.

The theft of the pig (who doesn't have a name and is only referred to as "my pig") is a genuinely shocking moment, and then the movie deepens in unexpected ways. It takes place largely within an elite, high-class restaurant industry, and even the smallest characters emerge in potent ways. Robin acts almost as a mirror image to others, revealing their true selves, uncovering whether a person is shallow or crooked. In a way, Pig is really about cutting through the glitz and discovering what really matters. The simple, surprising, and powerful denouement is one of Cage's great movie moments.

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