Parents' Guide to

Villains

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent home-invasion dark comedy is smart, fast-paced.

Movie R 2019 88 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

For 13 and Over, but....

definitely not worth subjecting your children to the gratuitous violence in this tedious, overwrought, unnecessarily drawn out film. The pacing is dreadful, the dialogue uninspired and the odious plot neither clever nor fresh. As a matter of fact, there is NOTHING -- I mean NOTHING -- here that hasn't already been done to death AND more effectively. (Clearly Kyra Sedgewick appears as a favor to someone important.)
age 15+

Well acted satirical thriller

The cast makes Villains worth watching, Kyra Sedgwick in particular. This cast perfectly executes their roles and it lifts up the entire film. It’s short and it’s not groundbreaking by any means but it’s a satisfying watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Yes, there have been cleverer movies, but this creepy comedy more than gets by on its breezy pace and weirdly lovable characters, as well as smart, measured performances that keep them in check. Written and directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, Villains is refreshingly simple in its design, with only a handful of speaking parts and a house that inspires chills with its oddly old-fashioned design. (Everything in it seems out-of-date, from an old picture-tube TV to a box of stale cereal.) And most of the story takes place during the daylight, which adds another odd layer.

Skarsgård and Monroe -- horror icons from It, It Chapter Two, and It Follows -- make an appealing couple, and their interactions and shorthand are frequently touching, even when they're in a tight spot. (To calm Mickey, Jules plays "car wash" by dangling her long hair over his face, creating a little tunnel of blonde.) Donovan and Sedgwick are equally effective, with their own strange chemistry. Best of all, the four characters are generally smart and think on their feet; no one seems supernaturally ahead of the curve, and the playing field is even. The characters may be Villains, but they'll more than likely take your blues away.

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