A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Pretending to be brave is worse than being a coward.
Positive Role Models
Ese is a fierce competitor and a little less crude than the rest of his friends and colleagues. Deniz is sad that her parents can't get along.
The cast is Turkish.
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Violence & Scariness
Motorcycles crash but the riders walk away. A drug dealer is beaten up off-screen. Someone dies. A failing garage owner tries to make money on the side by hosting cockfights, which aren't shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two young lovers kiss.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "piss," "damn," "hell," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man deals drugs to boost his income. Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite its misleading title, UFO is a Romeo and Juliet romance set against the backdrop of Turkish motorcycle racing. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and "bastard." Motorcycles crash, and drug dealers are beaten up. Adults steal, trash-talk, deal drugs, and drink alcohol. Two young people kiss. A failing garage owner tries to make money on the side by hosting cockfights, which aren't shown. In Turkish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
UFO is a strictly by-the-book story of young romance. The lovers, coping with the girl's biased family, become closer at least in part due to the disapproval. She's the girl who notices the special lower-class boy, while Ese embodies in every expectable way the decent guy suffering from torn loyalty, partly to the family that rescued him when he was a toddling street orphan, and now to the classy girl who sees the best in him. Humming in the background are partying and rap fests, featuring uninspiring lyrics including, "If you forget me, one day a black train will be my hope in my hopeless times."
The script and direction don't do much to involve us in these lives, so their exploits and outcomes don't feel urgent or absorbing. Note that if every single reference to UFOs were removed, nothing important would be subtracted from this story.
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