Parents' Guide to

Ride or Die

By John Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Japanese romantic drama has graphic violence, sex, nudity.

Movie NR 2021 142 minutes
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This film is too long, and many viewers might find its heavy and gratuitous sexual content unjustified. Unfortunately, Ride or Die might simply just work better as a manga (as it was adapted from) or piece of literature. Specifically, Chin Nakamura's original scope and design of Rei and Nanae were arguably meant to be much more normative, average, and likeable as people. This way, when they end up doing the things they do, the juxtaposition is better realized, which makes for a clearer commentary on Japanese society. But in this film adaptation, Rei and Nanae, and especially Rei, come across as odd, wild, and easily motivated to kill, for example. Part of this might also have to do with the sequencing of these story elements, as the film provides little context (outside of brief high school flashbacks) into Rei and Nanae's love and relationship before the event the causes them to go on the run. Ultimately, these issues, along with general pacing and tone problems, as well as being way too long, keep Ride or Die from being enjoyable.

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