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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strong pro-environmental message; urges us to be more considerate of the world around us.
Positive Role Models
A businessman shows remorse for his careless treatment of the environment, but he goes about it in a strange, somewhat violent way. Other characters are too flat or abrasive to count as role models.
Violence & Scariness
A woman is kidnapped, blindfolded, and handcuffed. Spoken reference to her scratching and biting. Guns shown. Struggling, fighting, hitting. General tension, yelling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man touches a woman's breast (on top of her clothing). Reference to a "buxom wench."
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A use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Lego blocks shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man orders a fourth glass of champagne. Social drinking on a plane.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Salt and Fire, a drama from director Werner Herzog, has a strong pro-environmental message. But it's such a strange, awkward misfire that it's unlikely that anyone who's not already pro-environment will get behind it. It also has moments of violence: A woman is kidnapped, blindfolded, and handcuffed. A struggle is shown, as are guns, and there's talk of scratching and biting. There's also general tension and yelling. A man flirts inappropriately with a woman, placing his hand on her breast, over her clothing. Language includes one use of "f--k," as well as a reference to a "buxom wench." Adult characters drink a bit too much while on an airplane, with no real consequences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Usually a director of fascinating films and documentaries about humans clashing with their environments, director Werner Herzog delivers a misfire with this puzzling, uncentered drama. Clearly, Salt and Fire is meant as a kind of parable, with its story intended to represent certain themes, but those themes end up overpowering any kind of emotion or character, and the act of watching the movie becomes more like listening to an awkward sermon, delivered in odd, stiff dialogue.
Perhaps if the movie had been set in some kind of alternate or sci-fi universe, it might have helped the material go down more easily. And it does have some striking imagery. But, as it is, set in reality, the extremely peculiar, off-putting behaviors and actions -- such as a man riding in a wheelchair only when he feels like it -- clash. It's almost unintentionally surreal. Still, any movie that tries to raise awareness about the environment and the urgent need to take care of it gets a certain amount of credit, and Herzog's heart is in the right place, even if his head isn't.
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