Parents' Guide to

Straw Dogs

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Too much violence, not enough character in pointless remake.

Movie R 2011 110 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

original was better

it was a good movie but stopped halfway cause it was kinda boring original was better and a classic

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 16+

Adults only..

This is a remake of Peckinpah's original classic from 1971. This remake was actually good, tough there are differences easily notable. But now for the explicit part: The violence is strong and often gruesome and brutal. Shootings, stabbings and killings shown in explicit, brutal and bloody detail. There's a rape scene too, but it lacks details and isn't very sadistic neither violent unlike in the original. Language is strong and there's some sexuality too and drug use. Due to the violent and sexual content movie is OK for 16+ iffy for kids aged 14-15. Incase you haven't heard the story: it's about a couple who goes to a small southern town to enjoy a week-end untill a helping group of townsmen decides to terrorize the family with dramatic consequences..

This title has:

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (6):

Film critic-turned-director Rod Lurie unwisely tries to redo Sam Peckinpah with this incendiary tale. In Peckinpah's hands, the story (which was originally based on a 1969 novel by Gordon M. Williams) was an intensely psychological thriller about perceived masculinity. The remake avoids anything psychological -- or even emotional -- and turns it into a rather empty and soulless revenge thriller. This time the characters don't make much sense, and when they change or snap, it seems too sudden, rather than gradual.

Now we merely have a thoughtless, empty exploration of "what makes a man," all the way down to a bizarre and ill-advised montage mashup of a deer hunt and a rape. But the real point seems to be to see how many gruesome and bloody murders can be crammed into one film. It's vile and pointless. The only saving grace is a terrifying performance by James Woods as a backwoods, alcoholic hillbilly who's pathologically obsessed with defending his daughter's honor.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 16, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: December 20, 2011
  • Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Kate Bosworth
  • Director: Rod Lurie
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language
  • Last updated: December 9, 2022

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