A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie mostly consists of people looking for revenge or behaving in morally or legally questionable ways. Many of the lead characters are responsible for killing people -- or at least beating people up. Some of these people face consequences, and others don't. Women are shown either as sex objects or as using sex to manipulate men.
Positive Role Models
Characters are crooked politicians, gamblers, vindictive opportunists, brawlers, murderers, liars, and cheaters. Occasionally it occurs to a character to do the right thing, but this thought is often quickly forgotten.
Violence & Scariness
The movie is a barrage of shooting (using everything from handguns to an uzi), punching, kicking, slicing with swords, piercing with arrows or shurikens, and even eye-gouging and head-severing. Characters are sometimes shot close-up, in the face. With the movie's stylized look, blood is almost always shown as pure white, but the splattering sounds are emphasized. Women are treated cruelly and are punched and shot almost as often as men. One innocent girl's hands and head are cut off. A man's fingers are broken by pliers; in a painful "doctor" scene, he gets them fixed. A bullet is graphically removed from a man's leg. A woman gets a man to slap her during rough sex.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several rough sex scenes, with thrusting shown. Two of the men are said to be cheating on their wives. Some of the female characters are prostitutes. Eva Green's character is shown naked (breasts and bottom) for long moments in several scenes. Other female breasts and male bottoms are briefly shown. The opening titles contain some drawings of topless women. Strippers perform sexy, grinding dances on stage in a bar; they wear revealing outfits, but they never actually remove any clothes. (There's close up on one derriere.) Strong sexual innuendo. An older man acknowledges that a younger man is his offspring from a past encounter with a prostitute.
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One use of "f--k" is saved until the end. "S--t" is used a few times, and terms like "a--hole," "bitch," "slut," "whore," "schmuck," and "ass" are used once or twice. The most frequently used words are "damn" and "hell," but language overall isn't frequent.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A woman frequently guzzles from a bottle of vodka, presumably drowning her sorrows over her dead lover and also working up the courage to kill her lover's murderer. But she never appears to be really drunk. Two characters share a bottle of vodka before going to kill some people. Several scenes take place in a bar with characters drinking in the background. A back-alley doctor ties off his arm and shoots something into his vein to "steady his hands" before he works on a patient. Many of the main characters smoke cigars and cigarettes. One character briefly takes some prescription pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the sequel to 2005's Sin City, and -- like that film -- it's insanely violent, with lots of rough sex and nudity. Though the movie is filmed in stylized black and white and the blood mostly appears as pure white, it's still accompanied by a sickly spattering sound as characters are shot or dismembered. Characters are wounded and killed by everything from hard punches and bullets to swords, arrows, and shurikens. Eyes are gouged out, limbs are chopped off, and people are shot in the face. Sex is usually shown as hard and angry, with lots of thrusting (and men are usually cheating on their wives). One female character is naked in several scenes (breasts and bottom), and there's other partial nudity. Language isn't quite as strong, but there is a use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." A minor character is shown doing drugs, and a major character is shown drinking excessively, while most of the characters smoke cigarettes or cigars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is just more of the same. Nine years after Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller brought audiences Sin City (2005) comes this sequel. Their hyper green screen presentation is no longer as unique as it once was, and it would have been difficult to top the original. It starts off enticingly hard-boiled, with actors narrating their sorry, desperate tales, and for a while it feels like those stories are actually building to something.
But instead of developing the characters and plots, the filmmakers simply turn from crime stories to hardcore action and violence, with the thundering bullets and punches and spraying blood forming a kind of monotonous cacophony; the endings of the stories are usually a burst of violence rather than a burst of cleverness. Moreover, the treatment of women hasn't changed and is no less disturbing. Women are either sex objects or flat-out untrustworthy and dangerous. It's often dazzling, but it's also dull.
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