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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No clear-cut message, but movie will give viewers plenty to think, talk about. Guns and violence are a huge theme, as are ideas of pre-judging people, creating stereotypes, acting through hate and fear, rather than understanding and sympathy.
Positive Role Models
Crystal is admirable in the way that she's self-sufficient and highly resourceful, as well as strong and smart, but she also kills ruthlessly without consequences, and her character's past and motivations are kept under wraps. Whenever anyone asks her anything, a typical answer is "I don't care."
Violence & Scariness
Extreme satirical violence, with heavy blood and gore, many, many deaths. Characters kill each other ruthlessly without consequences. Stabbing in neck with pen, spurting blood. A high-heel shoe to the eyeball results in the entire eyeball, plus the optic nerve, being pulled out of a skull. Heads and bodies explode. Body ripped in half, entrails hanging out. Body impaled by spike. Head run over by car. Neck sliced. Pig shot and killed. Lots and lots of guns, plus grenades, knives, bows and arrows. Martial arts fighting, punching, kicking, etc. Landmines. Poison gas. Poisoned food. Characters hit with blunt objects. Characters gagged. Fall from height. Cauterizing cut with cooking torch.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief objectification of a woman wearing a revealing outfit.
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Constant extreme language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "c--k," "d--k," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "piss," and "goddamn," and "Christ" and "Jesus Christ" (used as exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Google. Pabst Blue Ribbon sign hanging in store.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Characters sip expensive champagne. Characters mention being drugged.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hunt is a dark, extremely violent satire about a group of wealthy, elite liberals who hunt and kill a group of rural conservatives. It's incredibly graphic, with tons of blood and gore, exploding heads, bodies getting ripped in half, eyeballs being yanked out, etc. People (and a pig) are killed by guns, knives, arrows, and many other means, and there are extended fight scenes. Language is also extra-strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and many more. A female character is briefly objectified while wearing a revealing outfit, but otherwise there's no sexual content. Characters smoke cigarettes, sip champagne, and mention being drugged. Despite the controversy around the movie's original, canceled 2019 release, it's actually well-made and clever, skewering everyone equally. Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin co-star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Insanely gory but also fiendishly funny, this clever dark satire takes a familiar scenario and uses it to boldly skewer both red and blue Americans, painting both sides as equally absurd. The Hunt is brightly, cheerfully in control of its situation, like a master comedian working the room. It seems to have done what few others could even imagine, which is to correctly parody the attributes of both extremes of American political ideologies without anger or hate. It merely finds everyone preposterous.
Director Craig Zobel, who also questioned the worst of human behavior in Compliance, and co-writers Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof (of the Watchmen TV series), start The Hunt with a series of shocks. They break all the rules and let us know that anything is possible, that whatever is going to happen will likely happen before we're ready for it. The movie is smooth, fast-moving, and intricately designed. If it has a flaw, it lies in Gilpin's Crystal. She's amazingly cool, resourceful, and appealing in her slow, thoughtful way of speaking. But she tips the balance of the political satire, making it not quite an equal roasting of both sides. However, she's so fascinating -- and mysterious -- that it's easy to forgive.
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