The Gentlemen (R)
Guns, money, drink in violent, profane Guy Ritchie caper.
“The Gentlemen” is a Guy Ritchie-directed crime-action movie about a very cool drug supplier named Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey). Mickey, his wife Rosalind (Michelle Dockery) and his employees are portrayed as smart, sharp, strong, skilled and generally enviable. Like Ritchie’s other films, this one is incredibly violent, with graphic shootings, knives, beatings, a rape, long falls and lots of blood. Ritchie’s values — hard drugs are stupid, pot is harmless compared to other vices, taxes are out of control and if you ban guns, then you’re defenseless against criminals — are on his sleeve in this film, but parents may not always agree with them. The script also pokes at political correctness by including words that seem intended to make viewers ask questions like “Hold up, is that racist? Is that homophobic?” (In fact, there’s a whole conversation about what’s racist and what’s not.) Extremely strong, coarse language includes “f---,” “c---” and more, a woman fondles her husband over his pants, and there’s an off-screen act of bestiality. In other words, this film — while thoroughly entertaining for adults — definitely isn’t for kids. (113 minutes)
Party of Five (TV-14)
Worthy Latinx reboot of ‘90s classic has drinking, sex.
Like the original ’90s series it reboots, “Party of Five” is a drama about five kids, ranging from a twentysomething to a baby, who are left without their parents. This time around, though, the parents don’t die; they’re deported to Mexico. Expect to see scenes in which parents are forcibly pulled away from their kids as a young girl screams for her mom and dad. All of that may be alarming for younger viewers and could spark family conversations about immigration law and the toll it takes on individuals and families. But characters aren’t in danger of going hungry or becoming homeless, and though the older kids must make sacrifices to care for their younger siblings, they also have resources and are up to the task. Romance is a strong element of the show’s drama; expect love triangles (some with same-sex attractions), flirting, dating, kissing and references to casual sex. Teens drink at a party without consequences. At another party, a character is asked by a teen if he’s the “weed guy,” and a partygoer smokes something (it’s hard to tell what). Language is infrequent but includes “s---,” “hell,” “bulls---,” “goddamn,” and “a--.” Most of the cast members are Latinx, and they speak Spanish frequently. Tightknit family relationships anchor the drama, and though characters aren’t without flaws, they also show teamwork and self-control in pulling together to make their family work while separated. (Approximately 45-minute episodes)
Available on the Freeform channel and streaming on Hulu and Amazon.
Engrossing docuseries follows cheer team champions.
“Cheer” is a Netflix docuseries about Navarro Community College’s award-winning cheerleading team. Directed by Greg Whiteley (“Last Chance U”), the six-episode series focuses on the cheer team’s rigorous preparation for their 2019 performance at Nationals. The coach, Monica, and a handful of team members get full backstories: Jerry, Morgan, La’Darius, Gabi, and Lexi come from different race, class, and sexual-identity backgrounds and are very different people, which makes them relatable and accessible as role models. Themes include perseverance, teamwork, personal growth and the value of family and friendship. Scary falls/drops during practices result in concussions, sprains, broken bones, etc. A few moments of anger between cheerleaders are resolved appropriately, and parents will be pleased that the stereotypical meanness of cheerleaders is refreshingly lacking here. The cheerleaders don’t wear much at practice — bare midriffs and legs and muscular, sometimes shirtless men are common, but they’re not sexualized. Expect a couple of references to nudity and drugs, but the extent of salty language is one use of “b----.” Cheer-related businesses are featured in the course of talking about the cheerleading industry. (Six approximately hour-long episodes)
Available via Netflix streaming.
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