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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Standard, exaggerated action movie characters.
Movie set against the backdrop of the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988.
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Violence & Scariness
Character commits suicide by setting fire to their car while inside. Character tied up and tortured. Severed hand shown inside wrapping paper. Stabbing. Fighting with punches, kicks, flowerpots. Dead body drops onto the roof of a car in a parking garage. Gun pulled on characters. Pretend gun pulled on characters. Lots of extended vehicle chases, filled with bombastic scenes of drifting cars, peril, and, in one scene, a car driving out of a plane.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the lead characters seduces the villain's assistant, shown waking up next to her in bed.
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k" and "motherf--ker." Also: "s--t," "dumbs--t," "bulls--t," "a--holes," "d--kheads," "goddammit," "ass," "bastards," "son of a bitch." Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
McDonald's is prominently featured in several scenes. Coca-Cola bottles are gratuitously used in the middle of one chase scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Booze drinking in a club. Beer drinking in a bar. Lead characters shown getting drunk to celebrate what they think is good news. Man drinks a shot in an office in tribute to a recently deceased coworker. Marijuana leaf on Jamaican flag in background of lead character's living room.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Seoul Vibe is a 2022 action movie in which a gang of street racers gets in over their heads when pressed into working with authorities to stop a ruthless crime boss. Expect many scenes of over-the-top vehicle chases, replete with slow-motion drifts and ridiculous moments of cars driving out of airplanes. Besides these scenes, which sometimes involve crashes, one character commits suicide by setting their car on fire while inside. One of the lead characters is tied up and tortured -- stabbed in the arm, stomped on the thigh, kicked in the head, smashed in the head with a flowerpot. A dead man lands on the roof of a car. A severed hand is shown. Fighting with punches and kicks. The lead characters get drunk. Drinking in bars and offices. Guns are pointed and fired. Cigarette smoking. Constant profanity, including "f--k" and "motherf--ker." Gratuitous product placement. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an overly long and occasionally thoughtful car chase action movie set in Seoul at the beginning of the 1988 Olympic Games. Seoul Vibe centers on a ragtag street racing crew obsessed with American hip-hop and the United States in general. Meanwhile, Seoul's rapid modernization as the Olympics are set to begin doesn't benefit everyone, displacing the poor while government officials and the criminal underworld line their pockets. Our heroes, who just want to make their cars drift in 180s and 360s while eating McDonald's and listening to Run DMC, are unwittingly caught in the middle of the corruption.
This backdrop is interesting, but the movie is less about any of this and more about elaborate and bombastic vehicle chases that are guaranteed to remind you of a certain blockbuster movie franchise known for being both fast and furious. At its core, this is a car chase movie, pure and simple, and there's no justifiable reason for this to be two hours and 20 minutes long. In fact, first-year film students could have an easy enough time cutting 45 minutes out of the movie without it losing its style or substance. Speaking of substance, that backdrop is also overwhelmed by the cliches. There are ruthless villains, and there are also the ragtag misfit good guys, who are so cocky, they tend to stand around with their arms on each other's shoulders while their hats are tilted at rakish angles. That said, the effort to at least try to make a relatively thoughtful car chase movie is duly noted.
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