A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Buried under all of the film's weird, dreamy events is the idea that all the "undesirables" in the world -- i.e. the poor, the unhealthy, the non-white -- are sent into unwilling exile. The movie clearly doesn't support this idea, but it also doesn't talk much about how it came to be or why.
Positive Role Models
Characters struggle to get by, mainly doing their own thing. Some thrive on power, and some aren't above acts of violence.
Violence & Scariness
The movie deals with cannibalism and gets quite gory/graphic. A girl is tackled, abducted, tied up, and injected with a needle. Arms and legs are severed; blood spatters. A woman is beaten with a piece of metal rebar. A character is covered in excrement. Stabbing (with blades and butcher knives), neck snapping, corpse cutting, and armless/legless victims shown. Prisoners cry and beg. Guns and shooting shown; a character is shot and killed. Bloody wounds/corpse seen. Rabbits killed (offscreen).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images from a "nudie" magazine include naked female breasts and bottoms. Several shirtless bodybuilders are shown. The main character is dressed in revealing clothing. Dogs mate in the street.
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Not constant but includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "ass," bitch," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Characters wear Converse Chuck Taylor shoes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A sequence shows characters on hallucinogenic drugs (acid?). Some smoke cigarettes. Piles of different kinds of pills and drugs shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bad Batch is a somewhat experimental dystopian movie that deals with cannibalism, among other mature topics. So you can expect plenty of violence, including severed arms and legs, guns and shooting, dead bodies, blood spatters, beating, fighting, and stabbing. Images from a "nudie" magazine are shown (bare breasts and bottoms), as are shirtless male bodybuilders; dogs are seen mating in the street. Language isn't frequent but includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and more. Characters smoke cigarettes and take what appears to be acid and have a hallucinogenic "trip." Viewers also see piles of pills and other drugs. Ultimately, it's an amazing but unusual movie that's really only for the most daring viewers; others will likely lose patience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though definitely not for mainstream tastes, Ana Lily Amirpour's bizarre, beautiful film feels like an arthouse movie from an earlier time, more of a dare than a comfort, more active than passive. The Bad Batch takes a few cues from defiant, edgy movies like the Mad Max series, The Hills Have Eyes, Tank Girl, El Topo, and Zabriskie Point, but it's different in its own unique way. Amirpour, who made an impressive debut with the equally hard-to-categorize A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is gifted at pure cinema.
Her compositions are extraordinary, using powerful depth of space as well as odd, striking juxtapositions in nearly every shot. She favors silence over dialogue, though music is important. Mainly, her movies seem to be about wanderers (like modern-day cowboys) exploring weird landscapes and perhaps hoping to find a place that seems good enough. Along the way -- at least in The Bad Batch -- the journey is funny, horrifying, magical, awful, and beautiful, with so many great moments, especially the surprising performance by Carrey. Many will find the 118-minute running time a bit daunting for an "experimental" movie, but a few brave souls will be totally swept away.
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