4. It’s Coarse … Very Coarse
Much like the R-rated Joker, the R-rated Birds of Prey is violent and vulgar, from beginning to end. We hear more than 60 f-bombs (and a few other words, too; see details below). We also see a few violent and disturbing actions we’d rather forget.
The sadistic villain Roman Sionis/Black Mask loves blood so much that he sits in a chair and eats popcorn while watching his workers torture people. His preferred torture method: Cutting the faces off victims who are alive and hanging from a rope. (We hear it being done and we briefly see the gruesome result.) Elsewhere in the film, we see an entire family, with parents and children, gunned down by mobsters. We see Huntress use her crossbow to kill people; nothing is left to the imagination.
The coarse content is so mentally jarring that it overshadows the movie’s positive qualities. It also desensitizes us. (The PG-13 Suicide Squad was a better film, partially because it left out this excess junk.)
Birds of Prey has plenty of enjoyable moments. But 60 less f-bombs and fewer scenes of people’s faces being cut off would have made it better, and more inspiring, too.
Birds of Prey is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material. Coarse language includes the f-word (61), s--t (14), a-- (8), h-ll (5), b--ch (2), d--n (2), misuse of “Jesus” (2), misuse of “Christ” (2), GD (1).
Entertainment rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Family-friendly rating: 1 out of 5 stars.
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