Zola

Movie review by Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Sex-trafficked stripper takes a wild, glamorized road trip.

R 2021 86 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+

"A" game character portrayals of a wild ride of a road trip!

Paige and Keough are tone perfect in their portrayals and Bravo's direction is superb. She captures the twitter feed story and its exaggerations with deft precision. The blackface portrayal by Keough offers maximum cringe. Paige's facial expressions speak volumes about the circumstances that she finds herself in as she works to survive amidst the violence, absurdity, and always connected yet also alone circumstances she finds herself in. Everyone is bringing their "A" game to the character portrayals. An epic road trip.
age 18+

Unnecessary visuals of complex sexual situations

You can’t unsee some of this, it is very hard to watch on so many levels and the type of tension that it builds is anxiety producing. Far too layered for kids, potentially traumatizing to watch and the gratuitous and sometimes lengthy sexual scenes just feel unnecessary.

This title has:

Too much violence

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 30, 2021
  • On DVD or streaming: July 21, 2021
  • Cast: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun
  • Director: Janicza Bravo
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, and violence including a sexual assault
  • Last updated: July 1, 2022

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