Parents' Guide to

Raymond & Ray

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense family drama has language, violence, and sex.

Movie R 2022 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Not for young teenagers

Families should keep in mind that there are a lot of swearing, bad language, sexual language. There is also drinking and drugs involved. It is not a movie that a young teenager would find interesting, it is more of an adult movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The strong cast on paper fails to enliven or enhance this story of two adult men trying to get over their complicated feelings toward their abusive father. Unfortunately, many scenes in Raymond & Ray feel a bit off, whether it be because of stiff blocking or stilted dialogue. Further, many scenes feel particularly crafted to reveal one specific piece of information or twist in order to justify continuing the story, but after a while, these moments begin to feel too manufactured and unnatural. The notable actors do try their best to sink their acting chops deep into this script but without much character development or explication about who these men are (beyond them being "not-that-successful average White guys who had a horrible father growing up.")

But the main problem that follows around the entire film is that it doesn't know what it wants to say. Or, if it does, it seems that it wants to say something like "even though your father was horrible, abusive, and also not great to women, he still was a great guy." And if this isn't the message, then something went horribly wrong. And if this is the message, then it feels like a story with a dumb purpose. The entire movie repeats this message ("But this abusive father was still a good guy; just a man like any other, trying to figure the world out!") over and over. By the end, the poignancy this film so strives for is long dead, killed by the constant reminder that abusive horrible men were actually okay dudes.

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