The Voices

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Strong gore, language in bizarre but touching comic fantasy.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 103 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie is more or less driven by its emotions rather than its ideas. The main character (who means well but does bad things) eventually learns to accept the consequences for his actions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character accidentally becomes a serial killer. He tries to be a good and kind person, but the fact is that he does bad things and doesn't always help himself quite as well as he could.

Violence

Gruesome sequences, with lots of blood and gore. Onscreen killing with a knife. Cutting a body into pieces small enough to fit into several small containers. Severed heads displayed. A dying deer is put out of its misery by a knife to its throat. Nightmarish flashback to troubled childhood; a mother asks her son to kill her with a shard of glass. A woman is roughly pushed onto a bed; she cracks her neck on the headboard. A woman is kidnapped and tied up with packing tape. Beating with a towel rod. Shark killings on television. An explosion. Yucky cat poop on couch. Vomiting.

Sex

A man and a woman kiss. They sit down on a bed and kiss again; in the next scene, they're having coffee in the morning. Graphic animal mating on television. An Elvis impersonator thrusts his crotch while singing. Some innuendo.

Language

Several uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "a--hole," "hell," "buttf--k," "dips--t," "for God's sake," and "goddamn." Almost all language comes from the cat. "P---y" is used twice to describe the cat.

Consumerism

The movie's fake brand name for the fixture and faucet company, Milton, is all over the place, in a kind of parody of marketing and consumerism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character drinks from a bottle of something that looks like vodka; he gets very drunk. He also has prescription anti-psychotic meds; he takes one, and it makes him feel foggy. He tosses the rest. Other characters are shown drinking socially.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Voices is a black comedy with fantasy overtones and some extreme gore. Women are stabbed and killed, bodies are chopped, and severed heads are displayed. There are nightmarish flashbacks to a boy in terrible situations, and a deer is hit by a car and put out of its misery with a knife. Language is also very strong, mainly spoken by a cat character; there are multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," and more. Characters kiss, and sex is implied; graphic animal mating is also shown on a television. The main character gets very drunk in one scene and takes a prescription anti-psychotic pill in another. Though some of the movie's more comic elements (i.e. the talking animals) may appeal to teens, the overall package seems more pitched to adults.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bytinkerbel771 June 19, 2015

Morbid and disturbing

First of all this movie is under the "comedy section", which there is absolutely Nothing funny about this movie. This movie is one of the most disturb... Continue reading
Adult Written bymovienerd95 February 8, 2015

Bloody weird and Bloody Fun

A very bizarre but extremely entertaining movie. Even with the movies twisted plot the movie is often hilarious with an outstanding cast. Parents do need to kno... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySabrinaomi September 29, 2016

Hilarious dark comedy

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen though it does deal with very dark themes. The dark humor might not be for everyone due to the harsh tone... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMovieGoer1999 June 17, 2015

The Voices (2015)

Ryan Reynolds proves to be not only a capable actor, but an extremely talented one. The Voices (2015) is an overall unique experience, despite formulaic approac... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds) is a nice guy who works in packing and shipping in a fixtures and faucets company. Unfortunately, he had a troubled childhood and has been seeing a therapist (Jacki Weaver) ... but he hasn't been taking his anti-psychotic medication. So Jerry's nasty cat, Mr. Whiskers, and his loyal dog, Bosco (both also voiced by Reynolds), speak to him on a regular basis. While attempting to date the office beauty, Fiona (Gemma Arterton), Jerry accidentally kills her. Fearing how it would look to the police, he cuts up the body and keeps the head in his freezer. Things get even more complicated when another attractive co-worker, Lisa (Anna Kendrick), starts to show an interest in Jerry.

Is it any good?

This quirky film is quite a bit more vulgar than you might expect, with over-the-top blood and gore, as well as the cat's salty language (spoken in a Scottish brogue). Iranian-born director Marjane Satrapi published her own unique life story in the comic book Persepolis, made it into an animated feature, and followed it up with the big-hearted tragic romance Chicken with Plums; all of those titles deal in unrealistic situations but are rooted in genuine, powerful emotions. THE VOICES stays true to this path. Thanks to Satrapi's understanding touch and Reynolds' warm, funny performance, Jerry's aching loneliness and regret feel real, and his occasional little victories and connections are moments of beauty. (It was a nice touch for Reynolds to provide all the animal voices, which also include a deer and a sock bunny). Satrapi's visual touches, like the pink of the warehouse and Jerry's bowling alley home (with its alternate fantasy-reality decorating), are both funny and melancholy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Voices' strong gore and violence. How did it affect you? How do you think the movie would have been different without it?

  • What's it like to watch movies that don't take place strictly in reality? Does The Voices have its own set of rules, even if everything isn't believable?

  • Is the main character sympathetic, even though he's a killer? How and why?

  • Since almost all of the victims are women, do you think that means the movie is taking a stereotypical view of them?

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