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 6 reviews

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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
Adult Written byLuxxan July 22, 2018

The actors are good but the movie itself is not

This is most definitely not something I want my child watching. There is only one comedic character and that's the cat and it's foul language. The res... Continue reading
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
Teen, 15 years old Written byseraphy February 20, 2020

Loved it

I personally LOVED this show. It has dark humor and is mildly disturbing which everyone might not like. Doesn’t have nudity, isn’t too violent, just dark themes... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybiovox14 April 15, 2017

Fantastic, disturbing

This was not a hilarious movie. This was not a comedy. It was a horribly disturbing movie, with blood, language, but most of all, incredibly disturbing moments... 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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