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Positive Role Models
Characters work together as a team. Each of their unique skillsets could be used for nefarious purposes or personal gain, but instead they use their talents together to foil evil plans and help others. Female character is a fearless warrior whose fighting skills are superior to all. Characters are diverse, but terrorists are portrayed as Middle Eastern, and humor is found in a non-native-English speaker's unintentional misuse of phrases that have racy meanings ("golden shower," etc.).
Violence & Scariness
Acrobatic physical fighting with hand-to-hand combat. Beatings happen off camera. Explosions, but no one is in peril. Child with no supervision is shown lighting a firecracker. Mention that a character stopped a sex-trafficking ring, without further details.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sleeping woman seen in a man's bed, sensitive areas covered by a sheet. A womanizing character hits on a younger woman, who turns him down. Sexual euphemism ("laying pipe"). Someone unfamiliar with the phrases innocently says "golden shower" and "all cocked up," which are then repeated by a character who indicates the terms have a naughtier meaning.
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Strong language includes heavy use of "s--t," as well as "ass," "a--hole," "c--k," "hell," "piss." One use of "f--king" as an adjective.
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Products & Purchases
Abu Dhabi is shown to be a city of wealth and excess, including expensive sports cars as taxis, with special attention to Porsche and Cadillac. Aspirational character admires expensive watches, dresses impeccably, and insists on traveling first class.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief scene of villain snorting something that's unseen while a voice-over explains that he went to jail for drugs. Casual drinking, not to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Misfits is an action heist comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Nick Cannon about a diverse band of do-gooders who are like modern-day Robin Hoods, stealing from rich lowlifes -- including terrorists -- and giving the money to those in need. All possess skills that could be used for nefarious purposes, but they instead work as a team to help others. Destroying, stealing, and blowing up stuff are depicted as cool, but the film is notably not violent. Except for one highly choreographed martial arts fight sequence, violence against people happens off camera. Other iffy behavior is also somewhat veiled, meaning adults will understand but kids may not. For instance, a character is silently identified as a womanizer when he's shown standing fully dressed in his room with an unidentified woman sleeping in his bed with her back exposed. Later, he propositions a different woman, but his wording is vague enough that kids may not get it. And in describing why a character went to jail, the narrator says it was "drugs, possession, and solicitation" with an image of a man holding a rolled-up dollar bill to his nose (implying cocaine use) and sliding it across a table while two women pour bottles of alcohol on his head. Cursing includes heavy use of "s--t" and one "f--king." A character who isn't a native English speaker unintentionally misuses crude sexual terminology (e.g., "all cocked up" and "golden shower"); his colleagues then laugh and try to shut him down by repeating the incorrect word. While filmmakers create a fictional country for the terrorists to be from, the Muslim Brotherhood is named as their organization. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This humorous heist actioner is high on style, if short on substance. Stylistically, it's appealing from the opening scenes that introduce us to the film's diverse team. Each member of the Misfits has skills associated with illegal behavior: killing, conning, and blowing stuff up. But just because they're talented at doing bad doesn't mean they are bad; they're trying to make a world that's just. And the young crew outsmarts the Boomers whose actions are always entirely selfish -- even dashing, stealthy Pace is an absentee dad. That's where it gets interesting: Pace, a shady version of James Bond, is the main character, but he's put in his place again and again by the "kids" (well, Cannon is 40, but still ... ) who teach him life lessons. In a real world that seems out of control, it may feel empowering for younger generations to see themselves as the ones putting things back in order -- and this is their world, so the scenery is full of snazzy expensive cars, fabulous locations, and even someone walking a cougar on a leash.
In the ensemble, Cannon is the narrator and the comic relief: "Black chameleon" Ringo is a modern-day Fletch, hilariously disguising himself as various characters to get what he needs. Cannon's grab bag of alternate personas is great fun, but his narration, while written to be clever, actually pulls the entire production down. It tells instead of shows (sometimes stating the obvious), and because it breezes through details, it cuts off viewers' emotional investment in the characters and the feeling of purpose they have in their mission. We hop across the stones of the story instead of diving into the emotional waters. Things come too easily to them, without a deep enough explanation for why that might be. But these are the concerns for more sophisticated moviegoers -- and that's not who this movie is made for. It knows it's a great fit for teens; parents can at least feel comforted that director Renny Harlin has made The Misfits a film that seems to be violent but actually isn't, that shows women as warriors and people of color as smart and heroic, and that knows young women are too smart to be enticed by rich old men -- even if they are James Bond.
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