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Parents' Guide to

Slow West

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Very good, very strange, and very bloody absurdist Western.

Movie R 2015 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Compelling, but a bit confusing

Note that there is male nudity in this movie. A man's buttocks is shown twice. There are also two scenes with implied male nudity, and several scenes of men in nothing but long-underwear. I am surprised Common Sense Media gave this only a 1 out of 5 on Sexual Content. . . Be warned, parents.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Writer/director John Maclean -- a musician and former member of The Beta Band -- makes a noteworthy feature debut with this Western. SLOW WEST definitely revels in the glories of the genre; it's filled with beautifully composed shots, graceful movements, and masterful uses of color, light, and dark -- not to mention striking images of man at odds with his environment. Many shots are simply beautiful, such as one in which Jay pauses to listen to some music. Others are bemused, such as when Jay wanders into the wrong camp and overhears an amusing story.

But this is no traditional Western; Maclean's taste for the absurd creeps in around the edges -- as when the characters coolly observe the corpse of a man crushed by a tree he was chopping down -- sometimes causing unexpected laughs. The cast is terrific, especially Fassbender, who makes a fine Western outlaw, even if his character is kept at a bit of a distance through murky motivations.

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