A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in dark low-budget comedy-horror in which beloved kids' show characters are animatronic slashers.
Positive Role Models
Violence & Scariness
Horror movie gore and violence. Characters sawed, stabbed, and sliced open -- blood, entrails. Decapitations. Cut off body parts. Character's face set on fire by a can of aerosol and a match. Characters shown crucified on a wheel of fortune. Character hit and run over by a car. Character impaled in the throat by a giant lollipop. Kids chained up and forced to watch a performance of "The Banana Splits" involving dead bodies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo. Marital infidelity.
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Regular use of profanity: "A--hole," "p---k," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "bastards," "pissed," "badass," "crap," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Based on characters from a beloved children's show. Instagram mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the characters binge-drinks before going on stage to perform in front of kids and is very drunk. Cigar smoking. Wine drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Banana Splits Movie is a 2019 low-budget comedy horror movie in which the beloved children's television characters go on a murderous rampage through a TV studio. Adults who grew up watching The Banana Splits will either be thoroughly appalled or perversely amused by this premise, and those expecting a basic kid-friendly reboot should avoid this at all costs. Horror movie blood, gore, and entrails throughout, as characters are killed in a variety of disturbing methods -- ranging from lollipop impalement to crucifixion on the "Wheel of Endings." Character's face set on fire by an aerosol can and a match. Character run over by a car. One of the performers on the show binge-drinks and performs while drunk. Kids are chained prisoners and forced to watch a disturbing version of The Banana Splits that involves dead bodies and killing. Frequent profanity includes "a--hole," "p---k," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "bastards," "pissed," "badass," "crap," and "hell." 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 is a horror-comedy residing in the same low budget, deliberately-dumb, so-bad-it's-good space as Sharknado. Any weak points to the story, corny dialogue, or cheap production value is wink-winked away, and much of the entertainment is supposed to be derived from one being in on the joke. The premise of The Banana Splits Movie soon wears thin, and once the audience gets past the initial shock of seeing Drooper committing a homicide with an overlarge lollipop, all the blood splatter and entrails accomplish is a lack of creativity and a waste of potential.
It's downright bizarre to see these well-known children's television characters going on a blood-drenched frenzy. Perhaps more shocking than anything in the movie is that Hanna-Barbera would consent to allowing this movie to be made in the first place. What's next? Josie and the Pussycats start a death cult? Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo attack the campers of Jellystone Park with chainsaws? Hopefully not, as The Banana Splits Movie's dalliance with blood and gore proves that this kind of demented fan fiction misses the mark.
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