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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Parents and their kids are deeply connected. Our memories and experiences shape who we are. The pharmaceutical industry is depicted as corrupt. People often resort to violence due to their own trauma.
Positive Role Models
Ray is a loving husband and father whose grief compels him to seek revenge, despite the danger and possible trauma to himself and his daughter. He and Rachel insist that their violent actions, including murder, are justified. A cold-blooded hit man says he turned violent after a traumatic childhood experience. Wealthy executives and politicians engage in corruption and violence. A journalist is murdered for getting too close to the truth in an investigation.
Race and ethnicity aren't discussed or highlighted in the story, but the cast is diverse and several characters' accents hint at other nationalities or backgrounds. A corrupt White corporate executive laughs when he mixes up India and Africa in a speech about regions that will benefit from the work of his company. There are strong female characters, including a young martial arts expert and a Black female FBI agent who gets closest to understanding the case. The two main characters are struggling financially.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ray and his wife share a kiss.
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"F--k," "s--t," "goddamnit," "bitch," "balls," "psycho."
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Products & Purchases
CNN, Vice, Unicef, Oldsmobile, VW, McDonalds, Diet Coke, Pittsburgh Pirates, Converse, Patagonia, Title, Bitcoin.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink cocktails at a charity event, and one man comments on another's potential overconsumption. Cancer patients need life-saving medications.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's extreme violence in Sweet Girl's story of a man and his daughter avenging the death of a loved one. Though they're driven by profound love and grief, their actions turn violent as they are pursued by a hit man and stumble into a conspiracy that runs larger than they anticipated. Many people are killed in this film through fist fights, stranglings, suffocations, drownings, shootings, and stabbings. People fall and jump from windows, moving cars, balconies, and tall structures. There are car and foot chases that involve helicopters, crashes, and random people and drivers that barely make it out of the way. A loved mother and wife dies a slow death from cancer. The cast is diverse, there are strong female characters, and the two main characters are struggling financially. The story also involves some social messages about pharmaceutical companies, politicians, and the untenable cost of health care in the United States. Adults drink cocktails at a charity event, and one man comments on another's potential overconsumption. Language includes "f--k," "--t," "goddamnit," "bitch," "balls," and "psycho." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's plenty of physical action here from Jason Momoa and young costar Isabela Merced, but their thinly-developed characters and an even slighter plot line undermine this film's reach. The concept of exploring the complicated American landscape of national politics, global pharmaceutical companies, and overpriced health care in Sweet Girl had a lot of potential. But the unraveling mystery is much more focused on the chase and violent fight scenes, which get replayed in a twist at the end, rather than the ideas. This means the resolution of the conspiracy that motivated the main characters' revenge journey comes as a let-down.
In its place, the father-daughter relationship between Momoa and Merced offers some sweet and truthful moments of love, loyalty, and responsibility. A powerful scene shows Momoa flailing down hospital corridors looking for a private place to unleash howling sobs after his wife dies. It would've been great to know more about their characters and their backstory than just the pivotal moment that launched them into this scenario. They live in a run-down Pittsburgh apartment, subsist on junk food, and spend most of their free time at a boxing club. It's a compelling backdrop, but what else could we know about them? Who else do they have in their lives? What were their dreams and plans before Amanda died? Fleshing out these key characters would've made both them and their journey more interesting and plausible.
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