A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is basically a cautionary tale about the life of a star recording artist. Warns viewers to beware of drugs, of people trying to steal your soul, of just generally being a jerk to everyone.
Positive Role Models
Zero role models here. Everyone in the orbit of the main character is tainted by his toxic energy.
A privileged White man dominates the story. Secondary character (a White woman) has her own opinions but is employed by him and spends all of her time caring for him. Most other characters appear in one or two scenes each; most are White. A few Black musicians show up in one of the only positive scenes.
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Violence & Scariness
Child points gun at parents; father tries to grab weapon, and a gunshot sounds. (Dialogue later explains that the child shot both parents.) Lots of arguing. Drunk/high character in street, nearly hit by speeding cars. Character mobbed by fans. Man and woman slapping, grabbing each other, arguing. Death. Noisy flash bulbs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene, seen from behind a deck chair, with one character atop another; no nudity. Scene in strip club with pole-dancing women. One barely visible naked breast. Woman wearing revealing outfits. Hand motion that indicates masturbating. Sex-related dialogue.
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Constant extreme strong language, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "c--t," "goddamn," "bitch," "ass," "douche bag," "oh God" (as an exclamation), "turd," "poser," "pedo," "shut up," "puke."
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Products & Purchases
Burger King, Cutty Sark, American Idol, Netflix, Tinder mentioned. Bottle of Gatorade shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Throughout movie, main character smokes pot, gets drunk, snorts cocaine, goes out on all-night benders, wakes up hung over. He often acts spacey and sleepy or very drunk. Other characters smoke pot. Cigarette smoking. Reference to being high on mushrooms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Taurus is a rock 'n' roll movie about the pitfalls of fame, starring Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) as Cole, who's presumably playing a version of himself. He's consistently drunk or high, and he acts like a jerk to everyone around him. He smokes pot and cigarettes, drinks, and snorts cocaine, and is pretty out of it for large portions of the movie, vomiting on his shirt and nearly getting run over in traffic. Language is extremely strong, with constant uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," and more. A child shoots and kills his parents; the father makes a grab for the gun, and viewers hear a gunshot, but nothing gory is shown. There's lots of arguing. A sex scene is shown in a medium shot, from behind a deck chair; one character is atop another, but no nudity is shown. There's other sex-related material, plus a scene in a strip club (with one bare breast partly seen). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This woozy, self-indulgent, and overly familiar story about an obnoxious music star fails to generate much interest or sympathy, except maybe sympathy for those who are forced to endure him. Many, many movies have told stories of the pitfalls of fame and the fast-paced, self-destructive nature of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. And, indeed, it just seems irresponsible for a millennial like Machine Gun Kelly -- credited here by his legal name, Colson Baker -- not to have had some warning. Watching Cole go through all of this stuff in Taurus while generally being a jerk most of the time is very hard to forgive, given that he probably should have known better. Moreover, it's hard to know what keeps an assistant like Ilana -- who's quite likable -- coming back for more abuse.
Writer-director Tim Sutton keeps Taurus feeling either off-kilter and unfocused, as if on a drug bender, or hazy and sickly, as if hung over. It's not even a rise-and-fall. It's a flatline, going from one disconnected event to another while featuring very little music (Cole works on one song throughout the movie) and never offering much in the way of hope, suspense, or even despair. When Cole offends and pushes away a fan who just wanted a photo, he suddenly becomes enraged and rushes off on a drug bender, and nothing is learned. It's just emptiness, and it ends perhaps the only way it can, with a thud, a fall off of a cliff. Scoot McNairy provides some color as a record executive who, wearily, seems to understand the soullessness of the business. And Baker's famous girlfriend Megan Fox appears in a scene as his ex.
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