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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Aims to shed light on misogyny and how few crimes related to it are actually reported or punished, which is undeniably important. But the way the film goes about delivering this message is awkward, heavy-handed.
Positive Role Models
No role models here. The worst characters are absolutely despicable, and the supposed hero is a violent vigilante. Some women are problematically depicted as being clueless enough to bring attacks upon themselves; other characters believe that the only answer is vigilantism and violence.
Women are given a certain power here, and many smaller roles are played by actors of color. But there's very little "positive" about this movie.
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Violence & Scariness
A man rapes a woman, attempts to rape another. This involves throwing the victim up against wall, slapping, yanking down panties, thrusting, screaming, etc. Shaky video footage suggests that terrorists are killing women with knives. Woman hit on head with bottle. Man hitting woman. Men harassing women. Guns and shooting. Dead bodies. Bloody wounds. Blood puddles. Fighting. Kicking. Martial arts. Neck slicing. Stabbing. Shoe throwing. Hair pulling. Scorpion attack. Man hits a woman's backside without consent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Woman in skimpy underthings, yoga pants, other revealing/clingy outfits. Strong sex-related dialogue, including "rim job." Ogling. Sensual dancing at party, skimpy outfits. Flirting. Foreplay.
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Many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "idiot," "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
Mention of YouTube.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character snorts cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Moderator is an inept action movie about a woman vigilante who's seeking revenge for the murders of her friends -- and aiming to do away with misogynists in the process. There's a rape scene in which a man assaults a woman: She protests and screams, he removes her panties and thrusts on top of her. The same man later attempts to rape another victim, throwing her up against a wall and slapping her. Men harass and treat women roughly throughout, but women fight back, too, with punching, kicking, neck slicing, etc. Expect to see guns and shooting, dead bodies, and blood. There's strong sex-related dialogue, women in revealing/clingy outfits, and flirting. Language includes many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "ass," etc. A character snorts cocaine. 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 atrocious action movie is bad in just about every way: poorly written, poorly acted, poorly shot, preachy, unintentionally funny in spots, brutally offensive in others, and just clueless. Characters make awkward line deliveries across the board, and Vance feels more like a time-share salesman than a pop star (as evidenced by an awful, badly lip-synched "recording session"). Then there's Mya herself, who has virtually no background or introduction other than waking up in skimpy underthings, petting her cat, and doing some yoga. (Who's taking care of the cat while she's wreaking vengeance around the world?)
Mya is referred to as a "motorcycle travel blogger," but she's also someone with a "particular set of skills." She seems to be working for some shadow organization, but she also seems to be on a personal vendetta. Sometimes she's good in a fight, and other times she's terrible, taking to throwing shoes at one assailant and unable to catch up to a huffing villain on a trail in the woods. Eventually The Moderator gets to its #MeToo message, that misogyny and rape are bad. But it treats viewers as simpletons and includes extremely problematic elements, such as a woman who says, "I wouldn't mind being raped by a handsome man like that." And its blunt solution to these problems is vigilantism. It's unclear how a movie like this gets made, but it's best to avoid it.
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