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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Very strong female character.
Violence & Scariness
Brutal violence, including beating and gunshots, characters killed. Nightmare material.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes in brothel and strip bar, sexual situations, nothing explicit.
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Some very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Graphic depiction of illegal drug use, drug dealing a theme of the movie, drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has brutal and graphic violence and extremely strong language. The R rating is accurate. Young drug addicts are vividly depicted, including one who has become a prostitute. There are scenes in a brothel and in a strip bar and non-explicit sexual situations. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Veronica Guerin the person was a genuine heroine, but Veronica Guerin the movie is no Erin Brockovich. Cate Blanchett brings her always-vibrant life force to the role, but the character never feels real. Guerin is portrayed as cheerily indomitable to the point of irresponsible recklessness, especially when she puts her entire family at risk. She neglects her husband and child, she easily beguiles them into forgiving her, evidently because she is just so darn irresistibly perky that resistance is futile. And that's about as deep as it goes. We see that she never wants anyone to know that she is scared, but we don't see why. And she is so flippant that we never really know what is important to her. Is she a crusader for justice or just someone who likes to stir things up? We need to know in order to give this story the resonance it deserves.
The rest of the characters are one--dimensional. And, we find out right at the beginning that Veronica Guerin is feisty and charming and that she gets killed. The rest of the movie is just filling in the details, and it is curiously uninvolving for a story with so much built-in drama. And the disclaimer at the end that the movie's most important villain is a composite character leaves us feeling manipulated and unsatisfied.
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