A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be open to all paths. Love those who raised you. Sometimes the chase or the adventure is more important than the goal. Be accepting of everyone.
Positive Role Models
Dora is quirky, playful, and accepting of everyone. She has determination, courage, and perseverance. Her friends are also supportive and kind. Dora's father is a good parent.
The main character is a Spanish woman, and other main characters are mainly White Spanish. A few Black Spanish side roles.
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Violence & Scariness
One scene of brutal violence. A man is shot in the face, dies; blood splatters everywhere, a close-up details the man's injuries. A woman kicks a dog. The same woman punches a pregnant woman's stomach multiple times. A story of abuse and rape is told. A dream shows a man on fire, laughing demonically. Another man contemplates killing himself. A woman is poisoned and chokes to death, falling into a pool afterward.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults strip to their underwear and play in a lake. A woman wearing no bra (nipples showing) dances erotically. A man touches a woman's breasts with consent. Romantic kissing.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "tranny," "fairy" as a slur, "gay" as a slur, "t-tties," and "chochi."
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Products & Purchases
References to Google, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, James Brown, Madonna, Shakira, Tina Turner, The Clash, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Lola Flores, and Chet Baker.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. Adults also take pills (lorazepam) and a hallucinogen in the form of a spray, the latter of which makes peoples' eyes grow comically large. Scenes of tripping on hallucinogens, laughing, and dancing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rainbow is a Spanish drama that is loosely a modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Starring Spanish pop star Dora Postigo (Dora), the film is quirky and playful but also can at times be violent and gory. A man is shot in the face, and the injury detail of his bloodied face is shown (along with blood splatter everywhere). A woman kicks a dog and tries to poison people. A story is mentioned of rape and sexual abuse. A man contemplates killing himself. There are drugs, hallucinations from tripping, and a fair amount of smoking and drinking alcohol. Adults strip to their underwear and play in a lake. A woman wearing no bra (nipples showing) dances erotically. A man touches a woman's breasts with consent. Language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "tranny," "fairy," "gay" as a slur, "t-tties," and "chochi." 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 concept of modernizing Oz in a playful and quirky way feels fresh, but this drama seems caught between two minds. Whether playful musical or modern realism, the tone of Rainbow is decidedly both. But there are plenty of moments that seem to contradict these two modern vibes so colorfully and carefully plastered all over the film's presentation. Much about the production is great, bright, and interesting to watch. There are musical interludes, catchy dance sequences, and fun montages that show Dora and her friends making their way down various yellow brick roads. And the modern versions of the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow are interesting updates to those characters.
But peering underneath these surfaces of colorful modernity reveals a few problems. Firstly, unlike the original Dorothy of Oz, Dora isn't a fully developed character and doesn't say much at all, and by the time the denouement begins, it's hard to feel connected to Dora because of the lack of development. Similarly, as updates to the original Oz companions, Dora's companions are thin and barely characters. They follow Dora around, and laugh and dance, but not much else. Lastly, the conclusion doesn't satisfy or emotionally resonate, perhaps because after the novelty of a musically modern and almost magical Oz wears off, there's nothing remaining to hold on to.
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