A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Heavily features theme of perseverance and, to a lesser extent, humility through its main character. Also depicts informing/whistleblowing in regards to immoral, criminal activity as a positive and admirable act.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are duplicitous and lie frequently, either by choice, out of duress, or from a need to survive. Supporting characters are amoral gangsters who have no problem causing injury or death with weapons and fists. Leonard is a thoughtful, detail-oriented master craftsman who cares a great deal for his assistant, Mable, serving as somewhat of a substitute father. Mable is intelligent and ambitious and dreams of travel and adventures. The gangsters are amoral but have their own code and rules of loyalty and allegiance.
One important but brief scene includes three Black characters, but only one has any spoken dialogue. She does, however, play a key supporting role and gives a short monologue about how immigrants like her and the Englishman are always mistreated and oppressed once they start making real money or experiencing real success. Other than that, the cast is all White and includes only one prominent woman.
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Violence & Scariness
A character is shot twice at close range. His bloody neck is shown after the first shot, but the second shot is to the face and not visible (although the fact he's then "missing half his face" is mentioned).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters flirt, hug, and kiss a few times. A woman is referred to as a man's "girl," whom the man brags about to his colleagues.
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Frequent, with dozens of uses of "f--k," "f---ing," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "son of a bitch," and "goddamn," plus insults like "rat" and more.
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Products & Purchases
Mable uses an Alka-Seltzer, presumably for a hangover.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes on several occasions, mostly to relieve stress. People drink liquor from glasses or straight from the bottle. In one case, alcohol is used to clean a wound and a needle. A woman takes Alka-Seltzer in the morning and looks hung over.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Outfit is a 1950s-set crime drama about the discreet proprietor of a high-end suit shop (Mark Rylance) who allows his business to be an exchange point for Chicago gang members. The movie -- which takes place completely inside the shop -- includes scenes of bloody gun violence, multiple verbal and armed threats, and promises of torture and kidnapping. Two characters are held at gunpoint several times, there's more than one murder in the shop, and many off-camera killings are casually discussed. Frequent salty language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," and more, but sexual content is limited to light flirting and one scene in which a couple on a date hugs, holds hands, and kisses a couple of times. The movie centers on White characters but does include a brief sequence with three Black characters, although only one of them speaks. This is a violently bloody and plot twist-filled crime drama aimed at adults and mature older teens, with a complex approach to themes of perseverance and humility. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Screenwriter Graham Moore's directorial debut is a finely crafted crime drama that benefits from Rylance's master-class performance in every scene. The Academy Award-winning actor is fabulously nuanced and understated as the thoughtful, deliberate suit cutter who deliberately ignores the parade of well-suited (and armed) men who use his shop as a drop-off spot and call him "English." The entire movie takes place at the shop, providing the one-set drama a sense of tightly wound theatricality. This is a tautly written (by Moore and co-writer Johnathan McClain), acted, and executed movie that, while not as funny or quirky as something like Knives Out, has moments of witty banter as brief release from the ever growing sense of dread.
Audiences might think they're a step ahead of the plot development and may grow frustrated at some of the characters' decisions. But it's unlikely you'll see every twist and turn, and that's a good thing. O'Brien is ideally cast as Boyle's overly chatty and entitled, if untalented, son, who's more bark than bite. Meanwhile, Flynn exudes a quiet and deadly calm. His facial scar, much like Tommy Flanagan's and the late Michael K. Williams', adds to his character's mysterious backstory. Deutch, still looking like a copy-and-paste version of her mother, Lea Thompson, is also noteworthy as the sole woman (for all but one scene) in the film. Like Rylance, she can brilliantly portray a multitude of emotions with the subtlest gestures or facial expressions. Dick Pope's cinematography makes the shop look alternately cavernous and claustrophobic, and Alexandre Desplat's score ratchets up the tension to nearly unbearable levels. Ultimately, this is a fine pick for mature moviegoers who enjoy crime dramas that make you think.
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