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By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

British dark comedy has murder, gore, language, sex.

Movie NR 2013 88 minutes
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This dark comedy would be a devastatingly terrifying movie if it were not for the frequent moments of hilarity. As it stands, Sightseers is a pretty special and wholly effective mix of the two. It's part surreal character study of two isolated people who've reached their mid-thirties entirely ignored by society, and part chilling, stomach-turning horror. Sightseers -- directed pitch perfectly by Ben Wheatley and written by its stars Lowe and Oram -- is an unflinching look at what can happen when people who've fallen through the cracks of society, crack. Hapless Chris' self-righteous attitude is hilarious ("I just want to be feared and respected, is that too much to ask?") until it crosses the line. Then the kills are brutal, ugly, and sometimes feel a little too much in their realistic aftermath. But Wheatley's uncompromising approach is what makes the film so effective.

The characters' believable backstories make them easy to understand, and while without warranting sympathy -- and despite yourself -- joining them on their beautifully shot tour of mundane museums of the Midlands in England is a thrilling and very funny way to spend 90 minutes. A cautionary tale to both society and a personal check for those with a tendency to overreact, Sightseers is uncomfortable viewing but a welcome addition to that niche corner of straight-faced slightly surreal British comedy.

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