A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here, other than to provoke and titillate like a tabloid story. After the credits roll, the movie does offer a real-life abuse hotline number to call.
Positive Role Models
It would be nice to think that Nicole is a strong female character, but she spends most of the movie as a victim, barely in control of her own destiny.
Violence & Scariness
Blood and gore. Stabbing and throat-slicing. A man strangles a woman, suffocates her with a plastic bag, and sets her car on fire. Dead bodies. Nightmare sequence shows a character being attacked and thrown around a room by an unseen force. Woman with bruised face. Threats, yelling, and arguing. Brick thrown through car window. Alarms going off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Somewhat explicit sex scene shows a man thrusting on top of a woman; no graphic nudity. Mature sex talk and sexual banter. Man's naked bottom almost visible, but it's obscured by shadows. Two characters who are about to kiss are interrupted. Shirtless male. Woman in skimpy/revealing clothing.
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Strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "d--k," "hell," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A supporting character is depicted as having a vague substance abuse problem; she slurs her words and weaves while walking. Cocaine shown. Characters drink at social gatherings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson is a poorly made, tabloid-like true-crime movie that tries to argue that a serial killer committed the murders that O.J. Simpson was charged with. It feels extremely exploitative, especially considering that it ends with a recording of a 911 call that the real Nicole made the night she died. Expect to see blood and gore, throat-slashing, stabbing, and strangling, dead bodies, and more. In a nightmare sequence, a woman is attacked and thrown around a room by an unseen force. A couple have sex; there's thrusting, but no graphic nudity. A man's naked bottom is partly visible in low light. Two women almost kiss, there's some strong sex talk/banter, and both women and men wear skimpy/revealing clothes. Language includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. A supporting character appears to have some kind of substance abuse problem, but no details are given. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If it weren't so flat-out cruel to the real-life people involved in its tragic story, this true-crime "thriller" might have entertained cult audiences willing to laugh at its jaw-dropping awfulness. After the great documentary O.J.: Made in America effectively placed this tabloid story into a broader historical perspective -- arguing that race and celebrity are at the center of just about everything -- trashy exploitation like The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson seems even more thoughtless. It essentially wants to argue that a serial killer ("The Casanova Killer") committed the murders that O.J. was charged with. But to do this, it cruelly asks us to watch and identify with Nicole in the months leading up to her inevitable death.
Then there's the matter of the incredibly poor filmmaking and awkward, overwritten dialogue that seems intent on explaining things more than once (or, more likely, killing time and stretching this non-story out to 85 minutes). Wobbly camerawork, lame attempts at suspense -- shadows darting past the frame, the killer magically appearing and disappearing -- and a truly bizarre nightmare sequence are interspersed with dramatic moments in which Nicole hangs out with Kris Kardashian (Agnes Bruckner) and predicts her own death. At least Taryn Manning provides a campy, unhinged performance as interior designer Faye Resnick. But otherwise, The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson is no fun.
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