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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some expected talk of doing what's right, being an honorable person.
Positive Role Models
Stock characters, good guys and bad.
Violence & Scariness
Western violence, Civil War violence. Battle scenes with cannon fire, musket shots, soldiers killed. Rifle shots, back and forth. Characters shot and killed, blood. Characters fight with brass knuckles. Character knocked out with a fencepost. Character shown with a rope around his neck, on the verge of getting hanged.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pipe smoking, cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Warrant is a 2020 Western in which a Missouri sheriff and his son must track down a man who served with the sheriff in the Civil War who's now a dangerous outlaw. Expect some war and Western-style violence. Characters shot and killed, some blood. War scenes show soldiers killed, cannon fire, and musket shots. Characters fight each other with rifles. One of the characters uses brass knuckles. Character knocked out with a fencepost. Character shown with a rope around his neck, on the verge of getting hanged. Some pipe and cigar smoking. 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 low-budget Western is a sanitized exploration of the classic Western themes of heroism and good versus evil. In other words, it's more Gunsmoke than Deadwood. While there's some attempt to present character backstory to add more depth than "white cowboy hat against black cowboy hat," there isn't enough there to create memorable characters. The secondary characters, the other members of the gang looking to reignite the Civil War, are drawn with as much depth as the one thing that might distinguish them from the others. One guy uses brass knuckles, for instance, and another guy plays guitar.
The plot twists aren't exactly surprising, but maybe that's just as well. For fans of the classic Western, this is probably as good as the average Western from the 1950s. The lines between good and bad are more starkly drawn than, say, the spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, and everything that came after. There are none of the gray areas that have so muddied the waters between the two sides so common to movies and television in recent decades. That said, there's a nagging feeling to The Warrant that you can't go home again. Audiences expect more from their entertainment.
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