Vice

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Poor quality + strong violence against women = skip.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even though the women are robots and the good guys' goal is to shut down the resort, the movie heavily showcases violence against women, and certain male characters seem to be enjoying it. At the climax of the movie, the main female character has a makeover to become sexier before the showdown.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mainly horrible people; females are victims. No one to be proud of or to emulate.

Violence

Brutal violence against women (even though the women are robots). Shooting, slapping, choking, beating, kicking, being held at knife point. Montage of disturbing behavior toward women, including suggestions of rape. Shoot outs, dead bodies. Fighting. A bloody face. Explosions.

Sex

A topless woman. Suggestions of foreplay and sex. Sex in silhouette. Moaning sounds. Kissing. Women treated as sex objects. Sexy dancing/grinding in a nightclub.

Language

Frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c---sucker," "son of a bitch," "damn," "wanker," "hell," and "swear to God."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink shots in a bar in more than one scene.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vice is a terrible sci-fi-action film about a fictional resort that allows people to live out their most outrageous fantasies of sex and violence (mostly the latter). Even though the movie is supposed to be a commentary on this notion, it ends up showcasing strong, brutal violence against women (the fact that the women are robots doesn't help). It's largely bloodless, but the laundry list includes plenty of shooting and fighting, beatings, choking, death, and the suggestion of rape. A topless female is shown, and sex is heavily implied, with sounds, silhouettes, kissing, and sexy dancing/grinding. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," and characters are shown on several occasions drinking shots in social settings.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam Marrick March 19, 2016

Inept, lifeless, toothless, lurid Westworld ripoff.

This movie makes no sense on any level whatsoever. Poor world building, boring characters, bad dialogue, tedious action, ham handed messages and NO LOGIC! Why b... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bytomogutu100 June 1, 2015

FOR GREAT SCI-FI FLICK FOR ADULTS because of themes and violence

Parents need to know that the violence in this film is extremely disturbing. Themes are even worse. Imagine a world where you can do literally anything you want... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the future, a shrewd businessman named Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has established an enormously successful resort called "Vice," where customers can live out their most depraved and violent fantasies on extremely lifelike robots. While the government kowtows to the business, benefiting from the money it brings in, local cop Roy (Thomas Jane) wants nothing more than to shut the resort down, believing that it only increases crime in the real world. When one female robot, Kelly (Ambyr Childers), becomes self-aware and escapes, Roy may just have his chance.

Is it any good?

Director Brian A. Miller and star Bruce Willis previously gave us the terrible The Prince, and now they're back with this equally terrible entry. VICE steals ideas from movies like Westworld and The Purge but doesn't add anything fresh. It seems bent on showcasing nasty violence against women, and it doesn't matter that they're robots and that the good guys are outraged; the violence is still there, and the movie can't seem to get enough.

Besides being morally questionable, the movie is poorly made. The dialogue is painfully clunky and overly explanatory, and the actors -- whether newcomer or veteran -- can't make it work. Jane's performance is like a parody of acting, and even Willis seems distressingly awkward, speaking his villainous plans out loud. The plot moves in disconnected fits and starts, and the action is sub-par. Be virtuous and avoid this Vice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Vice's violence. Why is the fact that women are victims so disturbing? How intense is the rest of the movie? What's the overall impact of the violence?

  • How are women treated in the movie overall? Do they get a chance to become real characters or to express strength, individuality, or free will?

  • Why would a resort like Vice be successful? Would people get everything out of their system there, or would it only "give them a taste for more"?

  • Does the Kelly robot character present an unrealistic female body image?

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