A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in dark drama-thriller.
Positive Role Models
Main characters resort to violence to get what they want.
Mostly White cast, three people of color have secondary roles.
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Violence & Scariness
Gun violence throughout. Shootouts kill and injure characters, characters shot and killed at close range, often with blood splatter and graphic injury. Violent fighting with punches and kicks, including character beaten to death. Man tied to a chair, beaten with fists, the butt of a gun. Cops use billy clubs and kicks to beat up a man they've just arrested.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character has sex with a prostitute while his friend watches and another prostitute is in the adjoining bed -- female nudity (breasts). The mother of one of the lead characters is drunk and passes out while topless. Before a massive fight in a bar, one of the characters, a street hustler who is trying to rob bar patrons, makes a drunk man who hates him angry by implying that he's aroused by him.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used. "Motherf--ker" used once. Also: "c--ksucker," "p---y," "d--k," "s--t," "piss," "goddamn." Homophobic slurs. Slang reference for a vagina.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Booze and beer drinking in bars that leads to fights and violence. Marijuana smoking. Mother of one of the characters is an alcoholic. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Two Deaths of Henry Baker is a 2020 drama-thriller in which a man gets out of prison to face family, friends, and enemies who are eager to meet him. There's graphic violence throughout, including characters shot and killed or shot and injured at close range, followed by bloody injuries and blood splatters on the wall. Besides fighting with guns, characters are beaten to death or beaten until bloodied. Cops hit a man they've just arrested with billy clubs and kicks. Characters shown having sex with prostitutes -- female nudity. The mother of one of the lead characters is topless while shown as an alcoholic drunk and on the verge of passing out. Booze and beer drinking, including a scene in which a bar fight breaks out. Cigarette smoking. Marijuana smoking. Strong language throughout, including "f--k" often used. 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 is a dark if imbalanced drama-thriller about fathers, sons, and the burdens of the past. Two Deaths of Henry Baker is an understated low-budget movie that's trying really hard to communicate these messages on fathers, sons, their relationships or lack thereof, but gets lost in the weeds of side stories and too many conflicts going on at once. The twists come across as clunky, and there are more than a few moments that feel unnecessary and distracting. There's an overreliance on understatement, violence, convenient coincidences, and mistaken identity. And yet, there's something there in spite of the movie's weaknesses, so the result is the feeling that the script is one or two drafts away from being finished.
It's a shame because the acting is, on the whole, very good. Acting is perhaps the most crucial aspect in a low-budget movie overcoming its cash shortages, and while not tremendous, the actors bring enough to keep the story interesting. It's an earnest movie, but it leaves more questions than answers. There's not quite enough character development to hang onto, and after a while, the violence feels gratuitous. It's a frustrating movie in that it's almost good, but it doesn't quite cut it.
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