Parents' Guide to

Bonnie & Clyde

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Biopic of the famed gangsters makes crime look way too good.

TV A&E Drama 2013
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Not a family oriented movie

Good movie, but like most television movies Hollywood has to add the sex into it. One scene you hear Bonnie and Clyde having sex with her having an orgasm as another couple is listening. This didn't need to be written in the movie at all. In my book, the age of 14 is still to young for this type of movie with the sex, blood and violence. I myself do not watch movies that include sex or nudity because I do not think it has a place in our television entertainment. I loved the old classic Bonnie and Clyde and wanted to see the new version, but it has been glamorized to Hollywood's morals and not family oriented.

Is It Any Good?

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Those who saw the original Bonnie and Clyde in the theater are grandparent-age at this point, so there's no shame in revisiting the story for a new generation. This time around, the string of events is related over four hours instead of two; understandably, a lot of material's been added, for both good and for bad. The good: a long, slow first act that traces the beginnings of the pair's criminal career. Getting to know the main characters as people before they become gun-toting pop icons makes their eventual downfall much more affecting.

However, the bad: In this production, Hirsch-as-Barrow has the gift of second sight, leading to dumb seemingly-from-death narration, and clumsy visions of the future. Since we all know how this story ends, the device does little to build dramatic tension. Still, the actors are appealing, there's the addition of a tabloid reporter character (Elizabeth Reaser) that amps up the media angle, and this production boasts the same vintage appeal as other successful history-pics like Hatfields & McCoys, so those who enjoy historical adaptations may want to give this one a try, as long as the glamorized crime doesn't turn you off.

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