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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Presents a very vivid (and rather nasty) view of bullying and the long-term hurt it can cause.
Positive Role Models
Both of the main male characters resort to underhanded, sometimes cruel behavior to get what they want. The main female character is kind-hearted but not particularly strong.
Violence & Scariness
Brief fight between two men. A woman slaps a man. A brief jump-scare. Arguing. Dead fish in koi pond.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Husband and wife kiss. Brief sexual references/innuendo.
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Several uses of "f--k," plus "motherf----r," "a--hole," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "idiot."
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Products & Purchases
A character frequently drinks Gatorade after running. Heineken and Pabst Blue Ribbon beers also shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The wife deals with a former drug addiction; she steals prescription pills, hides them, and takes one. Frequent social or background drinking by adults. Characters sometimes seem a bit drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gift is a thriller that offers a new twist on the frequently used "psychotic intruder" formula (The Boy Next Door, etc.). While there's plenty of tension, violence is limited to a brief fight, a slap, arguing, dead fish in a pond, and one quick jump-scare. Frequent strong language includes several uses of "f--k," "a--hole," "bitch," and "s--t." A husband and wife kiss and touch, and there are some brief sexual innuendoes/references. Characters drink fairly frequently, but always in social occasions (twice, it seems like people have had a bit too much). Reference is made to a character's former drug problems; she steals and takes a prescription pill from a neighbor. The movie addresses bullying and its long-term impact. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Making his feature directing debut, Edgerton takes the old thriller formula about a creepy, psychotic intruder and turns it upside down, giving it real-world weight and consequence. As the movie goes along, it hits all the expected beats, and Edgerton gets viewers thinking: Why won't this creepy guy leave this nice couple alone? But then, via some subtly skilled strokes, you start to think that maybe the nice couple isn't so nice, and maybe the creepy guy isn't so bad.
It's a welcome effort from Edgerton, who's part of an Australian film collective that routinely makes intelligent, compelling films (Animal Kingdom, Wish You Were Here, etc.), largely in the crime genre; Edgerton has already worked on several screenplays (The Square, The Rover) and short films. As with the others, THE GIFT peers a little closer at a familiar genre, asking smart questions about what makes it human.
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