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… a completely tone-shifting, boom-lowering sexual assault … Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The idea that rich people are an alien tribe is just one of many that get lost in Wittenborn’s distracted script. Instead of exploring the concept, he throws out random incidents until he hits one that sends the film into a dark, grotesque spiral.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Whereas most of the injustices suffered by "Nanny's" nanny are of the skin-deep variety, the hopelessly reductive Fierce People ups the ante.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Whenever Sutherland comes on scene, any inadequacies in the film's depiction of the well-to-do become irrelevant.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film is worthwhile primarily for the fun, breezy first hour. After that, it's a case of watching to find out how things turn out.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Smart-but-grim coming-of-age tale best for adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this drama is about a teenager who comes to grips with who he is and what he stands for, it's a very adult movie. The messages it sends about being authentic and courageous are admirable, but they're doled out harshly, and there's enough nudity, casual sex, swearing, and underage drinking and drug use to make it iffy even for older teens. There are moments of tenderness -- between Finn and his girlfriend, he and his mother -- that somewhat mitigate the tough parts. But the lesson, when it comes, is one bitter pill.

  • Families can talk about the prevalence of rich, dysfunctional families in independent films. What draws filmmakers to this world? And, for that matter, what draws Finn to the Osborne family members in the first place? Why are they so appealing to him when they appear deplorable to viewers? Is Liz a good mother? Is her addiction romanticized? Does that happen often in movies? Also, what about the young Osbornes? Are affluent teens really like that, or is the movie making too broad a statement about them?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters, including some who are underage, drink and use drugs, indulge in casual sex, and exhibit a huge sense of entitlement. But those aren't the worst crimes; there's rape and even murder.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A young hunter puts out traps in the forest -- but he doesn't just catch animals, he immobilizes humans, too. Finn becomes the victim of a horrible physical act of rage and violence (he's raped by an assailant whose identity he doesn't find out until the end) and seeks revenge. Guns are shot randomly, and a character points one to his head once. There's much discussion about -- and footage of -- how brutal the Ishkanani can be.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Lots of sex, both between adults (there's one explicit scene in which a couple passionately makes love on the foyer floor, with the front door wide open) and among teens. Two teenagers strip naked, and one paints the other (breasts are bared). A boy seeks solace in the arms of another teen, who's pregnant (more bare breasts). Ogden often makes verbal and physical passes at Liz and shows a picture of a naked woman to Liz's son. Plenty of non-sexual footage of indigenous people fully naked.

  • language false5

    Language: As blue as it gets, with frequent usage of everything from "damn" to "s--t" to "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Mercedes Benz car logo; a certain awareness of what money can get (a mansion, a car, daily housekeeping, fine food and drink, power).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A mother is an addict, and her child gets caught by the cops while buying drugs for her. Plenty of underage drinking and drug use (mainly marijuana). A mother walks around her estate with a soda can filled with liquor. Grown-ups and teens smoke cigarettes (accurate for the time period).