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Violet & Daisy Review

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  • 40

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    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Violet & Daisy comes out of the gate guns blazing. Too bad it ends as a misfire.

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  • 50

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    Variety Peter Debruge

    Violet & Daisy feels radically disconnected from recognizable human behavior.

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  • 60

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    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    The key relationships are well drawn, if not especially revealing of anything human, and director Fletcher sometimes dares some welcome absurdity. But if you've seen movies built from the same parts as this one, you'll likely find this too familiar—but energetic, well-acted, and distinguished by artfully artless chatter.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It’s a film that doesn’t always work but when it does you almost hear an audible click. Violet & Daisy has its share of these ah-ha moments.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Mary Houlihan

    Violet & Daisy won’t be everyone’s cup of tea... But view this as a modern comic book/fairy tale, and it’s easier to accept this saga of girls with guns and the life lessons they eventually confront.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Quirky tale of cutesy hit girls is full of violence, curses.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Violet & Daisy is a quirky, comedic crime movie about two female contract killers. It comes from the Oscar-winning writer of Precious but feels more akin to the style of Quentin Tarantino. As such, violence and language are both very strong. The girls shoot and kill many victims and perform a comically sadistic dance on their corpses called the "internal bleeding dance" (it makes blood ooze from the victims' noses and mouths). Swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," and especially "bitch." Plus, the girls are obsessed with a fictitious pop star ("Barbie Sunday") and are saving money to buy expensive dresses from the star's personal line.

  • Families can talk about Violet & Daisy's violence. How did it affect you? What's the characters' attitude toward violence? How do you think the filmmakers expect you to react to the violence? How can you tell?
  • The two lead characters are tough hired killers, which is the kind of role that usually goes to men. What's interesting and unique about having girls playing these characters? How do they compare with other movies and TV shows about tough girls?
  • Why are the girls so obsessed with Barbie Sunday? Does this fictitious star resemble anyone from real life? Have you ever coveted products from a certain star? Do you think the movie is trying to express a viewpoint about celebrity or consumerism?

The good stuff
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    Messages: One of the main characters learns to think of another person before herself, giving up a coveted item for her. But on the other hand, both main characters are hired killers, leaving behind a pile of corpses with no consequences and no remorse. The two lead characters find their friendship tested and survive. But they're also obsessed with purchasing a new dress endorsed by a celebrity.

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    Role models: The two lead girls are funny, skilled at their work, confident, and self-reliant, and they don't need boyfriends to fulfill their lives, which is a rarity in movies. But they're also capable of killing with no consequences, and they're obsessed with buying expensive clothing.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The two main characters shoot and kill several men over the course of the movie, while barely changing their expressions. But perhaps most gruesome is their "internal bleeding dance," wherein they dance on top of their corpses, making blood ooze out of the noses and mouths. They pile up the corpses in a bathtub, and one girl takes a shower while standing on top of them. A man is bashed with a fire extinguisher. Additionally, the girls briefly get into a fight and hit each other.

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    Sex: The movie opens with a verbal joke about a doctor sleeping with his patients. One of the girls takes a shower in one scene, but nothing is shown (she's behind a shower curtain).

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    Language: Many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bitch," "hell," "damn," and a use of "God" as an exclamation.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable