Parents' Guide to

When Angels Sleep

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark crime drama has drug use, brutal violence, swearing.

Movie NR 2018 91 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Where do you all find these actors?

Honestly I didn’t even watch all of it because the actors suck. The movie In my opinion would have been better if you had better actors and also if it’s more realistic like come on now all the extra stuff the man was doing like finding drugs and then wasting it all over himself won’t nobody be doing all that. The girl needs more actorin classes she the reason I turned it off at 36mins into the movie. Find BETTER actors if y’all want these movies to have good ratings.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This drama/horror movie will tax anyone's tolerance for watching stupid people struggle with their stupidity. There may indeed be humans capable of making this many bad decisions one after the other, but it would be hard to make the case for watching a movie about them. Teens may recognize that their peers often need to work on the quality of their judgments, but here adults win the Worst Decision Possible awards repeatedly. The resentful wife pressures her over-tired husband to drive through the night. He keeps driving after the first time he falls asleep, even after being stopped by the police. The police make the wrong choice, too. And the girl who fears for her life might best conceal her plan to put the driver in jail, at least until after he delivers her to a safe hospital, rather than giving him reason to off her.

Most disturbing of all, the movie makes the cynical case that the privileged can get away with shockingly self-serving and antisocial behavior despite illusions that they are "good people." Having said all of this, Villagran gives a ferocious performance as a weak, crazed, irresponsible man who, until the last possible moment, maintains that everyone should see this horrific, indefensible story from his selfish point of view.

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