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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The transformative and magical power of music is shown throughout the movie.
Positive Role Models
General Traius loves his daughter very much and sees the transformative and beautiful effects music has on himself and on those around him.
Violence & Scariness
An alien (a man dressed in a space suit, basically) karate-chops an old woman, knocking her out. This same alien takes a female police officer hostage, tying her up in a bed. Another alien head-butts a security guard, knocking him out. Characters get into a brawl while in a holding cell in jail. Occasional sci-fi violence throughout: Aliens shoot laser guns at each other.
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Products & Purchases
Pabst Blue Ribbon signs and cans are shown throughout the movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The two aliens often are shown playing music in a bar where characters drink beer. The main characters are shown drinking beer in a bar but do not act intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The History of Future Folk is a quirky 2013 movie about a pair of aliens sent to destroy the Earth who change their minds after hearing music for the first time. It's a charming low-budget indie film that should appeal to parents and kids who appreciate strong story lines and don't mind minimal special effects. There's some frank discussion between a father and daughter about marital problems. There's also some fighting: Characters get into a huge brawl in a holding cell in jail, for instance, and, in other scenes, an elderly woman is karate-chopped and knocked out, a female police officer is taken prisoner, and a security guard is head-butted. Overall the film's message about the transformative power of music should appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers. 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 HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK is a quirky, low-budget indie movie that is as silly as it is bittersweet. Imagine Flight of the Conchords or Tenacious D as red space-suited aliens, and you begin to get the idea. It's an entertaining premise that does not let the lack of funds for big-budget special effects get in the way of a story that proves you don't need millions of dollars to make an enjoyable movie.
It's also a ludicrous premise, but the acting and the overall theme of the transformative powers of music is so assured and charming, it isn't the worst thing in the world to simply suspend your disbelief and enjoy this film on its own terms. Funny and strange, this one-of-a-kind movie is worth repeated viewings.
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