A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There are consequences to unethical, criminal, and abusive behavior.
Positive Role Models
Babae eventually stands up for herself and fights back.
Violence & Scariness
The early story clearly builds toward a scene of sexual violence (a man rapes a woman in a locker room). No nudity but thrusting; the woman is threatened afterward. Another scene shows a boyfriend physically abusing his girlfriend, slapping and hitting her, dragging her across the room, demanding that she have sex with him. (Another scene shows this couple having sex, but only later is it made clear that it wasn't entirely consensual.) Men whistle, harass, sexually comment on women walking by them. Some blood, some guns and shooting, some fighting (a woman shoots a man in the chest many times, two men gun down three people on some stairs, a young man shoots an old woman in the chest, men chase and beat a younger man with their hands and pistols).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple have sex on a bed (no nudity, but thrusting shown). Adults talk about sex and relationships.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A drug dealer goes on the run.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Girl and the Gun is a Filipino revenge thriller about a young woman deciding to fight back. The first half clearly builds toward a traumatizing scene of sexual violence, and a fair amount of blood and violence eventually follows. People get shot in the chest, gunned down in public spaces, chased, and beaten, and women get sexually harassed and abused. There is also a sex scene without nudity, lots of focus on the way women look, and a general portrayal of "the dangerous woman." Strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," and "damn." Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A drug dealer goes on the run. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As a showcase for Janine Gutierrez, this thriller largely thrills because of her performance. But, sadly, the structure of The Girl and the Gun really brings the movie down. In the beginning, the film wonderfully sets up a dark and uncomfortable world, one where Babae scraping by hinges on things like whether or not she can repair her leggings. But for some reason, the movie brings itself to a complete halt halfway in, and not only is this switch jarring and confusing, it also derails the momentum of Babae's story.
Further, while the film's portrayal of sexual violence may be received varyingly, the film certainly risks coming across as a bit antiquated in how it represents women and/or the oppression of women. The musical choice of jazz (bouncy, funky, happy interludes) that accompanies many scene transitions also generates a sense of second-wave feminist fearmongering ("Watch out! Treat women right or they will fight back!") that feels awkward.
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