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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid many poor decisions and lots of shooting and fighting, there's an example of helping a stranger in need, although this message is fairly buried.
Positive Role Models
Has heroes who are trying to stop villains, but they can't really be considered role models, given their poor decision-making and huge leaps of logic.
All main characters are White men. A few women characters in supporting roles, but although they seem strong, they're pretty thinly drawn, and all are villains. No characters of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Bloody wounds. Blood spurts. Characters die. Fighting, struggling, hitting with blunt objects. Choking. Knife to throat. Strangling with rope. A man beats up women. Woman smothered with cloth. Car chases and crashes. Fall from high place. Key character is mourning the loss of beloved family members.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are in a romantic relationship. Flirty talk, brief kissing.
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Strong, frequent language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "p---y," "c--t," "bitch" and "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "damn," "ass" and "jackass," "hell," "d--k," "moron," "scumbags," "stupid," "idiot," "you suck," "shut up." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Villains are drug dealers, but drugs are never shown. A character frequently drinks from a flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Survive the Game is another Bruce Willis action movie (not to be confused with his Survive the Night) that seems to have been made despite not having much of a budget, any recognizable talent, or even a coherent idea. Violence includes guns and shooting, knives, fighting, strangling, blood spurts, bloody wounds, deaths, car chases and crashes, and so forth. Women fight with and are beaten up by men. Strong language includes frequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and much more. The villains are drug dealers, although drugs aren't shown. A main character regularly drinks from a flask. Two characters are in a romantic relationship, with some flirty talk and brief kissing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Illogical, poorly acted, poorly shot, and without a single good idea, this ridiculous action movie is yet another in a string of terrible Bruce Willis efforts. Survive the Game -- not to be confused with Willis' other terrible movie, Survive the Night -- starts badly, with the two cops rashly, stupidly charging in on a drug deal simply because David has been "chasing this guy forever" and it's time to try something else. One of them actually, accidentally knocks over a flower pot and draws the villains' attention. Rather than remaining behind cover, David stands out in the open; unsurprisingly, that's how he gets shot. Never fear, though. Despite his bleeding stomach wound, he'll be up and about for the movie's final showdown.
Presumably the filmmakers thought they could whip up a sort of Die Hard on a farm, but they're so far off the mark that they couldn't even provide a reason for everyone to be on a farm. The cat-and-mouse stuff in Survive the Game happens more or less at random, with characters poking around various locations and jumping out at one another. And for some reason, Violet is dressed up as and acts like Harley Quinn. (Maybe the filmmakers are hoping to attract superhero fans to the movie?) There's even a slow, boring car chase as characters jump in their cars and drive around the farm in circles. Only Sean Kanan (The Karate Kid Part III) has a single inspired moment as his hired-gun character wonders why he didn't listen to his mama and go to law school.
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