A perverted cat-and-mouse game plays out in this taut thriller as a near-suicidal artist ventures into the Mojave Desert seeking existential meaning, only to end up tangling with a relentless serial killer.
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- William Monahan
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Mojave is a thriller about two men trying to kill each other. The screenplay is full of "deep thoughts," but in the end, there's no real takeaway from this movie: The characters are deeply unlikable, barely anything happens, and no one learns anything. Things get violent; characters are shot and killed, with blood stains shown, and there's fighting with hands, blunt instruments, and knives. A man's naked bottom is shown briefly, and there are a couple of brief, minor sexual situations. Language is strong, with several uses of "f--k" and "s--t" (in various permutations). Characters drink and smoke cigarettes a lot, and it's implied that one character intends to commit suicide via substance; he purchases and drinks two full bottles of vodka. It's possible that that stars Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg, and Garrett Hedlund could draw teens to the movie, but only mature viewers should tune in.
- Sexual Content
- Brief glimpse of naked male bottom. A character climbs out of bed, where he has been sleeping with someone. A man lets himself be picked up by someone. Reference to a "blow job."
- Fighting, shooting; characters die. A minor character shot and killed, with a blood stain. Knife fight. Beating with a club. Minor car wreck.
- Several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "a--hole," "blow job," "whore."
- Social Behavior
- Nothing learned here; the story could be seen as someone triumphing over their own dark side, but the character in question more or less turns to the dark side himself to accomplish this.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Regular cigarette smoking. Character drinks what appears to be two bottles of vodka and several cans of beer in the desert (with the possibility that he's trying to commit suicide). Other characters drink casually/socially. Reference to "doing blow." Reference to mescaline.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it