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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Character displays perseverance but their motivation is revenge and murder. Many characters have negative traits.
Positive Role Models
Ash is murdered and brought back to avenge his death and the death of his son. He enjoys tormenting and killing his murderers. Sarah is a friendly tattoo artist. She is helpful to those in need. Judah is the sadistic leader of a cult-like criminal empire that runs drugs and vice.
The movie is set around the traditionally Mexican holiday Day of the Dead and incorporates some of its mythology into the story. The movie's one Asian character -- played by a Vietnamese female actor -- uses throwing stars and fights with martial arts staffs, which plays to certain stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of scenes of sustained violence and torture. A father and son are murdered. The father comes back to life to kill the gang responsible. Some kills are gory and the movie has lots of fights. Multiple characters lose their eyes in various ways, including being thumbed out and stabbed. Character shown burning to death. Footage of a bull attacking someone. Characters are shot. A character is beaten, bound, and hanged by the neck from a street light and beaten. A crow is held down on its back and its face is slapped before its wings are stabbed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some scenes of topless characters in bondage gear. Hot wax is dripped on someone's body. One scene at a bondage party, where it's suggested an orgy is taking place with whips and drugs. Character masturbates in a peep show booth looking at a topless woman.
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Frequent language includes "motherf----rs," "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," and "p---y." "F--got" is also used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters snort an unnamed drug throughout the movie. The villain runs a drug empire. Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Crow: City of Angels is the first sequel to The Crow and has extreme violence, frequent strong language, drugs, and sexual themes. After a gang murder him and his son, Ash (Vincent Perez) returns from the dead with supernatural strength to get his revenge. The movie features strong, sometimes gory violence including eyes being gouged out and people being set on fire. There is multiple use of "bitch," "p---y," and variants of "f--k," as well as "f--got." A scene takes place at a BDSM-themed sex party with topless women in bondage gear, drugs, and the suggestion of group sex. The main villain, Judah Earl (Richard Brooks), runs a drugs empire and identifies as a sadist. Though highly stylized, there is little substance to the movie. The movie was reportedly recut by producer Harvey Weinstein and has been disowned by both writer and director. As with the original, the movie is based on James O'Barr's cult 1990s comic series. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Crow has a strong look, cool theme, and an iconic grunge soundtrack. The sequel, The Crow: City of Angels, rushed to try to replicate it, which resulted in a slapdash movie that makes very little sense. The supernatural story is fine. It's the character's actions and decisions that are the problem. It's no surprise to discover director Tim Pope is a music video veteran. Music videos entertain for three minutes with a strong look and a quick hook. This film follows the same formula, stringing together set pieces but never gelling to make a functional movie.
In fairness to Pope, he, along with writer David S. Goyer, disowned the film after interference from producer Harvey Weinstein. What's left is a baffling slog of a movie about a man coming back from the dead to avenge the murder of him and his son. It's a story that never takes flight, while the constant "cawing" of an actual crow in nearly every scene only adds to the irritating experience.
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