Movie review by
Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
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Violent, stylistic thriller has drugs and language.
  • R
  • 2021
  • 93 minutes

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Positive Messages

Revenge, selfishness, and betrayal are common themes as characters strive to get what they want. The murky landscape is generated by money, drugs, and violence.

Positive Role Models

Role models are few and far between, but there is a positive female representation in the lead role of Pixie, who is a strong-willed and independent woman who doesn't take instructions, nor is intimidated by the men that surround her. Characters continually step over each other in a bid to get what they want. Priests are heavily involved in the criminal activities and violence.


Incredibly violent from start to finish. Multiple shoot-outs in a church. More than one victim gets shot in the head, from point blank range. Blood is splattered on the car window as a result. Someone is run over, another is strangled, and there is a scene when a character attached to a rope is dragged along by a moving car. Many graphic threats are made between characters. Character's hand is stabbed into a table. Characters dig their own graves and corpses are buried. There are many deaths in one major shoot-out, with bullets flying everywhere. Flesh wounds on display. Reference to rape and child molestation.


Multiple sexual references. A threesome is alluded to -- three characters begin kissing each other -- but they are interrupted. Characters strip down to their underwear and run into the sea.


Language is strong and consistent throughout. "F--king" is used several times, along with "a--hole," "d--khead," "bastard," "whore," and "bitch." There are derogatory comments made as two people talk about taking "turns" on a character. Discussion about how someone will be raped in prison, and that priests molest innocent children. There is one very graphic description of genitalia.


Characters are driven by the concept of making money and will do anything to achieve their dreams, even if that involves stealing and putting their lives at risk.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters take MDMA -- huge amounts of the drug are seen in a bag. A drug dealer's assistant checks the quality of their supply. Characters steal and drink tequila, including the driver of a car while in transit. Characters are depicted as being drunk and high. Two teens smoke cigarettes outside a church.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pixie is an incredibly violent action thriller that doesn't shy away from graphic violence, drug taking, and bad language. Pixie (Olivia Cooke) is looking to avenge her mother's death, but inadvertently finds herself with two accomplices and a bag full of drugs. There are several shoot-outs, and graphic death scenes, with characters shot in the head, stabbed, strangled, run over, and even tied to and dragged by a car. It's worth noting that the movie is very stylized -- in a Tarantino-esque way -- which helps detract from the realism of the violence. However, there is little by way of positive messages or role models -- though Pixie is a refreshing strong female lead -- with characters resorting to violence, and being motivated by money and revenge. A group of priests, led by Alec Baldwin, are depicted as being heavily involved in crime and drugs. There are several vulgar sexual references, as well as mention of rape and child molestation, and the language is very strong throughout, with several variants of "f--k." As well as drug deals, characters also take drugs and drink alcohol, and are seen under the influence of both.

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What's the story?

In PIXIE, following the death of her mother, Pixie (Olivia Cooke) is intent on avenging her death. When two hapless local men -- Frank (Ben Hardy) and Harland (Daryl McCormack) -- stumble across a bag full of drugs with a street value of over $1 million, Pixie spots an opportunity. The trio find themselves on the run across the Irish countryside with gangsters on their tail, as Pixie seeks to settle a score once and for all. With a priest.

Is it any good?

This is a brilliantly slick and stylized gangster flick, evidently taking much inspiration from the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie. Pixie's director Barnaby Thompson is far from imitating though, and merely imbues that same swagger into this fast-paced endeavor.

The story remains engaging, and it's helped along by a rhythmic screenplay, and three central characters that are impossible to dislike. Cooke shines in the eponymous lead role, fearless in her depiction of this brilliantly devised character. While Hardy and McCormack provide a comedic counter, adding some charm and likable traits since they're both, in short, rather terrible at being criminals. Oh, and look out for Alec Baldwin playing a terrifying priest, just in case you weren't sold already.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Pixie. How did it make you feel? What did the movie have to say about violence? Did it glorify it?

  • Discuss the strong language used -- including the vulgar sexual references. Did it seem necessary or excessive? What did it contribute to the movie?

  • How was drinking, smoking, and drug use depicted in the movie? Was it glamorized? Were there realistic consequences? Why is that important?

  • The lead characters are incredibly flawed, and do some unspeakable things. Did you still find yourself rooting for them? If so, why?

  • The movie is heavily influenced by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie. What were some of the similarities to their films?

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