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Parents' Guide to

Shimmer Lake

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Black comedy with violence, language, and sex.

Movie NR 2017 83 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

I enjoyed it but be prepared to watch it a second time to be fully satisfied.

Language and nudity for adults.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This movie takes viewers along on an engaging ride but it feels as if writer-director Oren Uziel strains under pressure to make the film funnier and cleverer than it actually is. There's no real need nor any exceptional payoff that makes telling the story backwards anything more than an unprofitable gimmick. The humor isn't really black and twisted enough to rival the Cohn brothers' Fargo, Shimmer Lake's knowing or unknowing inspiration, and the storytelling isn't complex enough to match the time reversal that explains it all at the end of Spike Lee's Inside Man. But Uziel, a co-writer of 22 Jump Street, and writer of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and Freaks of Nature, is definitely a filmmaker to watch.

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