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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A man is shot, killed in a gas station minimart; another character is also shot and goes into a coma. Blood. Flashback scenes of gun violence resulting in death. One of the lead characters, almost 10 years old, is a frequent target of bullies; they push and shove him, and in one scene, force him to take his clothes off and take his picture and threaten to post it on the internet if he reports the bullying to any adult authority figures.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bullies try to force a tween boy to buy or steal one of the pornographic magazines for sale in a gas station minimart.
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"F--k" used numerous times. "F--ker," "s--t," "a--hole," "bastards." Teen bullies frequently call the tween they're bullying "d--khead."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Talk of buying champagne, but no drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Warning is a 2018 Spanish thriller in which a man discovers a numerical pattern behind a shooting that has left his friend in a coma. There's frequent bullying. One of the lead characters is a tween boy who is the target of teen bullies. These bullies push and shove the boy, try to force him to buy a pornographic magazine in a gas station minimart, and force him to take his clothes off and take his picture -- threatening to post the picture on the internet if he tries to get help from any adults in the school. There are shooting deaths and blood, as well as profanity, including regular use of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film manages to seamlessly tell two stories at once as they slowly begin to merge despite being separated by exactly 10 years. It's clear what's at stake for these characters -- the tween who must learn to stand up for himself, the math-obsessed man who must overcome his schizophrenia, the young woman holding on for a miracle as her fiancee-to-be is in a coma after he's shot. Such character depth prevents The Warning from being little more than an exercise in mystery math.
While the two stories at once works, the story itself that links the two comes off as less than original. By this point, Jon, the "math whiz obsessive struggling with mental illness" is as stock as any other stock character in movies, despite the quality of the acting. And for fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jon's wall of scribbled notes and yarn linking this pattern to that pattern is reminiscent of the wall Charlie made about Carol and Pepe Silvia after drinking too much coffee at his short-lived mailroom job. Still, teens looking for something different might be interested.
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