A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tends to associate faith and piousness with intolerance, showing small-town residents who are quick to judge others and to take revenge (characters in a church start shouting "no mercy for the wicked!"; movie's narrator believes that "homosexuality is a sin"). It's not an entirely fair representation but could prompt discussion.
Positive Role Models
Only the sheriff seems to be an overall decent person, but even his moral center is clouded by a few confusing scenes. Otherwise, no characters are admirable. Stereotypes small-town residents as quick to judge others and to take revenge.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Rifle in teen girl's mouth. Characters shot. Characters die, dead bodies. Pool of blood. Teen girls are grabbed/abducted by a masked man and chained/tied up. Girls chloroform another girl, kick her, dump her in a car trunk. More kicking. Satanic ritual, satanic star carved in flesh. Spooky stuff; scary "nun" creeps up on girl in bathtub. Cut on hand, some blood shown. Arguing. Threats. Vomiting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman seduces her husband; she unzips her blouse to reveal cleavage and spreads her legs apart (nothing explicit shown). He takes off his belt; sex is suggested. Teens kiss passionately. Teen girls in revealing clothing. Sex-related talk.
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Uses of "f--k," "motherf-----g," "s--t," "hell," "pr--k," "d--k," "balls," "stupid," and "shut up," plus "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ" used as exclamations. Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen girls are chloroformed and given knockout drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sinners is a horror-thriller about a group of high school girls in a small, strictly religious town who call themselves the Seven Deadly Sins. A diary full of their darkest secrets leads to the girls disappearing one by one. Violence includes guns and shooting, deaths and dead bodies, blood, abduction, satanic rituals, spooky imagery, threats, arguing, and more. Teens kiss passionately, and a woman seduces her husband by showing her cleavage and spreading her legs. He takes off his belt, and sex is implied but nothing graphic is shown. Teens wear revealing clothing, and there's sex-related talk. Language also includes uses of "f--k," "motherf-----g," "s--t," and more. Teen girls are given chloroform and/or knockout drugs. The movie is cluttered and sometimes confusing, and its attempts to explore themes of piousness and intolerance are lost. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Loosely playing with themes of piousness and intolerance, this horror-thriller is so busy and cluttered that it becomes more of a confusing slog than anything entertaining or biting. Originally called The Color Rose, the now-titled The Sinners tries to establish the mood of its small town through Grace's father, the local pastor (Tahmoh Penikett), who always looks coiled and angry enough to chew nails. Family dinners are infernos of unreleased tension. Aubrey is also one of the most deeply pious people in the story, saying things like "homosexuality is a sin."
But if the opposite of this intolerance is sin, then the movie doesn't seem to know how it feels about its band of seven, either. Sometimes they seem like the heroes of the story, and other times they're punished for their transgressions. It doesn't help that The Sinners keeps introducing more and more characters and that not everyone in the crowded cast actually has a purpose. One exasperating sequence has two abrasive big-city cops showing up to "aid" the local sheriff (Aleks Paunovic), relentlessly picking on him; it seems to have been an attempt to illustrate the sheriff's backstory, which is totally unnecessary. Plus, the movie is frequently too dark (literally) and choppily edited, and it's easy to get characters confused. In short, this Sinners isn't exactly a winner.
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