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Parents' Guide to

Sugar Mountain

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Beautiful Alaska locations, but silly story, heavy violence.

Movie NR 2016 106 minutes
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This ridiculous thriller centers on just about the dumbest scheme ever invented for a movie, yet the filmmakers don't show any awareness of the plan's absurdity; it's played dismayingly straight. That might have been excusable, given how reckless and short-sighted Miles is, but Liam is supposed to be smart and to know his way around the woods. Sugar Mountain's entire scheme just doesn't make any sense, and rudimentary mistakes are made.

Attempts to create a love triangle between the brothers, Lauren, and another female character also fall flat; they do seem like friends, but any other feelings are frustratingly opaque. Hardly anyone is even likable. The normally charming Elwes plays a nasty, vindictive sheriff, and Momoa's Joe Bright is an excessively violent thug who seems more animal than man. Director Richard Gray does use the film's Alaska settings well, and despite some uneven moments, Sugar Mountain is technically fine. But storywise, it'll leave you cold.

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