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Hick Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Too odd to be funny, too cold-hearted to be tragic, Hick is an infuriating muddle.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    Part road movie and part coming-of-age story but mostly plays like some creepy-perv fantasia looking for mileage from the mature-beyond-her-years presence of young star Chloë Grace Moretz.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Rachel Saltz

    Ms. Portes's script strains credulity, and it's not helped by Mr. Martini, who can't find the right tone.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I cringed.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    One of the most positive comments that can be made about Hick is that it advances Chloe Grace Moretz's claim to be one of the best young actresses emerging into today's spotlight.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Runaway teen faces violence, harsh reality in mature drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hick is a disturbing film about a teen girl, Luli (Chloe Grace Moretz), who leaves her dysfunctional, neglectful home, only to fall in with characters who may be even more damaged and dangerous. Most of the adults in this movie are either hurtful or downright criminal; very few seem to be aware that Luli is only 13. Violence isn't constant but includes brutal beatings, deaths, gun use, and an implied rape. There's also some underage drinking and cocaine use; lascivious, pedophile-esque behavior; and strong language. All in all, it's pretty hard to stomach.

  • Families can talk about Luli. Is she a strong female character? How does her age impact how you feel about what she does and what she goes through? An actual teenager plays Luli, placing herself in uncomfortable scenes. Is that appropriate?
  • What keeps Luli hoping? How does she find it in herself to survive?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about domestic violence. What recourse do kids have? What responsibilities do adults who witness it have? How is it typically portrayed in the media, and how does that impact the way society views it?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Hick presents a pretty desolate world, in which people are damaged and make poor choices. But there's arguably a takeaway that sometimes, people are more resilient than they appear. And often, hope is the main requirement for that resiliency.

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    Role models: Luli is hardened and despairing at a young age, but she somehow finds a way to keep working and trying. Glenda tries to do the right thing, but she just doesn't have it in her to make healthy choices; she's far too damaged.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Violent scenes aren't strung one after another, but when they occur, they're wince-inducing in their brutality. A teen girl is held captive; in one scene, she's shown bound and gagged a day after being raped by her captor (the assault isn't shown, but it's implied). In another sequence, a man beats another savagely in a bathroom, pounding a door on his head over and over until he has no fight left in him; it's bloody and messy and horrid, and it all happens in front of the same teen. Earlier, she sees a horrendous fight between her parents, complete with shoving and screaming. There's also a bloody gunfight that leaves people dead.

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    Sex: Men and women kiss and flirt. A mother walks around in her robe, underwear visible, in front of a stranger, while her teen daughter also stands around in her underwear. A young teen poses in front of a mirror, play-acting at sexiness. Later, she asks a much older man if he finds her attractive. In other scenes, men twice her age and older ogle her.

  • language false4

    Language: Everything from "loser" to "s--t" and "f--k." Adults swear around a teen, who's no stranger to salty vocab herself. She also uses a derogatory term to describe a man with a limp.

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    Consumerism: Smith & Wesson and Motel 6 are mentioned by name, and a Saltines box is shown.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A mother and father drink to excess at a bar, which leads to a fight in front of their underage daughter, who's celebrating her birthday at the bar. (No one seems to think this is odd.) The girl is later shown imbibing beer and trying cocaine for the first time after witnessing an older woman doing so. One character has a cocaine habit.