A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's hard, but sometimes you have to stand against the people around you (parents, relatives, friends) to break a bad pattern.
Positive Role Models
Chad is trying to get out from under the influence of his father, the head of a notorious crime family. Turning his back on his relatives and friends isn't an easy task, but he wants to make sure his own kids can escape his life choices. That said, the fathers in this film make iffy decisions at best. One never let his son go to school, and now that he's an adult, he can't read, and his only real career option is to follow his dad into a life of crime. His own kids aren't very good students either, and they may also end up in the family business.
Violence & Scariness
High-speed car chases. In one unpleasant scene, a man wrestles a police dog. Police in full riot gear raid a man's home while he and his family are sleeping, pointing their weapons at the entire family. Characters argue and fight frequently, sometimes seemingly for entertainment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple flirts and kisses. Non-sexual graphic nudity: During a fight scene, one man is left naked, his privates in full view.
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Constant strong language, including "f--k," "s--t" "tw-t," "c--t," and more. Adults swear both at each other and at children.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trespass Against Us is a mature drama about a working-class criminal family in England. The patriarch made sure his adult son followed in his footsteps -- and now seems to expect his young grandson to follow suit. Language is constant and extremely strong (including "f--k," "c--t," and much more). There's also some fairly intense graphic violence -- fights, car chases, police raids -- not to mention several scenes of gangsters in action. While there isn't much in the way of sexual content, a fight scene does show a naked man's private parts. Characters also smoke. 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 crime drama is an ultimately uninteresting story about a very unpleasant family. That's both surprising and disappointing, given the subject matter and cast. Yes, they're talented: As patriarch Colby, Gleeson is determined that his adult son remain part of his gang -- and it looks like he'd be happy to see his young grandson follow suit. Fassbender's Chad wants better for his wife and kids, but he doesn't seem to know how to make it happen, and watching the character struggle against his nature is tragic to see.
But we're given little reason to like anyone in Trespass Against Us, nor any reason to care what happens to them. In fact, given the atrocious parenting on display across multiple generations, some viewers might side with the cops and others who are trying to rein the Cutlers in, even though director Adam Smith clearly wants to make them the heroes of his film.
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