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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tourists are reckless and arrogant and drink, do drugs, and engage in sexual activity with virtual strangers; psycho-villain doctor is delusional and cruel; impoverished natives are vengeful and greedy. Victims are all priveleged white travelers; bad guys are dark-skinned natives.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of bloody violence in close-up, including a lengthy surgery scene (liver and kidneys removed from girl, with explicit cutting and slopping); weapons include machete, metal hook, rocks, guns, jackknife; film opens on close-up of a girl's eyes and bloody surgical instruments as she pleads for her life, then screams (fade to credits); bus falls off a mountainside, leaving passengers without transportation; rock thrown at young thief makes his head bleed (and he cries); character hits head on rock in water (wound bleeds and appears in gross-out close-ups, including when Finn staples it, causing great pain/yelling); girl's fall off a cliff is shown in graphic detail (sound and image); menacing sequence as tourists explore a house (dark corners, suspenseful music); scary sequence in caves, as tourists swim to escape brute (dark, fragmented images); girl fights man by clawing and biting (bloody teeth); explicit effects of shooting (chest, head).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Girls' breasts are exposed while they're swimming and during organ harvesting surgery; girls appear repeatedly in thongs, bikinis, and sheer or net garments; brief kissing while characrters are plainly drunk/high; post-sex dialogue demonstrates the guy's surprise when the woman turns out to be a prostitute (she takes money from his wallet); girl in the shower (shoulders up); reference to sex with "girls" in Cambodia; reference to sex "up the ass."
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Frequent uses of "f--k" (35+), as well as other language ("s--t," "ass," "lily-white asses," "Christ," "hell"); disparaging uses of "gringo" and "worthless Indian."
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Products & Purchases
Someone orders a Coke.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking, beer and hard liquor-drinking (scotch), pot-smoking; prescription bottles stolen from previous victims (e.g., codeine); hash; drugs that knock out victim/tourists; blurry point-of-view shots show effects of drugging.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this torturous (literally and figuratively) horror movie is absolutely not for kids. It's full of gross-out violence -- the sort characterized by yucky wounds and bloody body parts. Violent acts include a stick in the eye, a hook in a foot, shooting, knifing, and surgery (depicted here as sadistic). The insidious motive for the murders is organ harvesting, described in some detail as a problem of class/nation inequities and depicted brutally. Characters engage in reckless sexual pursuits, though the one couple who actually have sex (off camera) use a condom. Characters drink, smoke cigarettes and pot, and are drugged by murderous villains. Language is pretty much incessant, including repetitive uses 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?
Turistas is short on clever scares and long on bloody excess (machetes and scalpels being implements of choice). It also lurches between images that are breathtakingly beautiful (think Blue Lagoon) and literally hard to see, as when a tattooed thug chases victims through dark underground caverns, swimming for long minutes underwater.
The fact that the doctor's own viciously verbalized racism leads directly to his downfall doesn't exactly make up for the film's demonizing of dark-skinned characters throughout. It's also helpful and silly that he explains his thinking on the issue while digging into a pretty girl's torso for her liver and kidneys (essentially, he's angry at American imperialism and arrogance and wants to see a Yankee heart beating in the chest of an ailing Brazilian child). His villainy is underscored repeatedly: He puts a kabob stick through a follower's eye, murders his minions when they misbehave, and keeps passports of past victims, for no fathomable reason except to grant the newest ones the chance to discover them and be suddenly afraid.
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