Parents' Guide to

Queen of Earth

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Unlikable drama about so-called best friends has cursing.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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This movie is artless and painful to watch, start to finish. The director-writer Alex Ross Perry keeps making terrible choices in editing, tone, and pacing, also demonstrating a worrisome reliance on frequent claustrophobia-inducing extreme close-ups that do nothing to get us inside his despicable and, worse yet, uninteresting characters. Ironically, this unrelenting visual technique repels us further from characters who are already repugnant without any visual aids to emphasize that quality.

The focus on two toxic, judgmental, cruel, insensitive, and delusional characters who nevertheless call each other best friends and claim to "love" each other just exponentially ups the reasons for not spending a minute watching Queen of Earth. Often this feels like an amateurish attempt to mimic the gravity and depth of Ingmar Bergman's masterpieces, just without the gravity or depth.

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