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Vengeance, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (The Office), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. With an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, and Dove Cameron.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Writer-director-star B.J. Novak could have taken a sharper approach to this dark comedy's deeper themes, but if you're in the mood for a slyly smart mystery, Vengeance is yours.
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Common Sense Says
Thoughtful comedy questions stereotypes; violence, language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vengeance is a comedy thriller about a New York journalist who thinks he's found the perfect true-crime story in a small Texas town. Written and directed by and starring B.J. Novak (The Office), the movie is about reevaluating preconceived notions that are based on where someone lives or what they do for a living. Most characters initially seem to play into broad stereotypes -- Mexican cartel members, Texas hicks, etc. -- but the story argues that if we look closer, we can see people for their full selves, rather than labels. As a result, the film gives both urban and rural folks the ability to laugh together, at themselves. The central plot is about a young woman who fatally overdosed on opioids, and there's a lot of talk about drug use and partying. Drugs aren't portrayed positively, but drinking is shown as contributing to a social bond. Guns are presented as part of Texas culture, including one owned by a 9-year-old. There's a shooting that's pretty bloody. Language and insults include "dumbass," "s--t," and variations of "f--k."
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- Genre:Comedy, Thriller
- Release Date:July 8, 2022
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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