BABY (2015)

Directed by:     Neeraj Pandey

Starring:           Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, Taapsee Pannu, Danny Denzongpa, Kay Kay Menon, Sushant Singh, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Rasheed Naz

Written By:      Neeraj Pandey

Music by:         M. M. Kreem, Meet Bros Anjjan, Sanjoy Chowdhury

Produced by:   Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shital Bhatia

Running time:  159 minutes

Genre : Action, Thriller, Drama

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.5/5.0

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BollySitter Says

Baby” is a fairly good, albeit long and drawn out, thriller that is appropriate for kids in the 15+ age bracket.  As expected in a film that has a backdrop of terrorism, it offers an overabundance of realistic action and violent sequences. However, the writing is a bit lazy and the actors seem to be just going through the motions, at times with no interesting arc that one would expect in such a thriller.  Even so, Neeraj Pandey does establish himself as one of the better Indian directors in this genre, and he displays expertise at mixing traditional Bollywood masala elements with witty humor and other essential elements of films in this genre.

Content

Baby is about a newly established group of professionals out on a mission to fight terrorists. They are required to protect Indian borders as it faces threats from immediate neighbors. The group learn of a new plot, and slowly start to eliminate the masterminds behind it. They track the international cells of the terrorists and eventually prevent them from striking terror in India.

Violence 

The film is full of violent scenes including endless killings & shootings with guns. There are real life-like fight sequences shown with knives and bloody faces that are depicted being hit repeatedly. There is plenty of blood shown as well as an attempted murder by gagging the victim. The film shows a couple of bomb blasts shown including one involving a suicide bomber. A scene involving a gruesome accident on a highway is followed by more bloody violence.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are numerous frightening scenes involving chases and loud background music. There are incidents involving car blasts & fires. Most of the violent and action scenes are fairly intense to watch, especially as the violence shown is not stylized but realistic and graphic. There is an extended fight scene between a man and a woman.

Sexuality 

None.

Language 

Language is mild except the word ch**iya is used a couple of times.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None.

Discussion Points

Violence in the name of religion is a very relevant topic in current age. The film can be misunderstood to present a very black and white picture (not with a deliberate intention to do so, but just consistent with the scope of the film); however,  parents should discuss with their children that even though some terrorists kill in name of the religion doesn’t make that religion or its followers evil. Secularism, national pride and protection of country against ill-meaning forces is another topic of discussion that film touches upon. It’s especially relevant in this era where people tend to take pride only in their personal gains and/or follow a faith blindly to extremes.  There are a few scenes showing propaganda and training camps which might invite questions from younger kids.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie has only one female character in a minor role.

 

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/baby/

 

THE SHAUKEENS (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           1.5/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          4.9/10.0

Directed by:    Abhishek Sharma

Starring:          Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Lisa Haydon, Akshay Kumar, Rati Agnihotri

Written By:     Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sai Kabir

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hard Kaur, Vikram Nagi, Arko Mukherjee

Produced by:   Akshay Kumar, Ashvin Varde

Running time: 124 mins.

Genre(s):         Comedy

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BollySitter says

THE SHAUKEENS is a loose adaptation of the 1982 Bollywood film, “Shaukeen” and is not recommended for children under 15 years of age due to sexuality, adult language and sexual innuendos. The film tells the story of three elderly men who take a vacation to Mauritius in an effort to fulfill their sexual fantasies.

Content

THE SHAUKEENS depicts the story of three lecherous old friends who go to Mauritius in search of a sexual rendezvous. How the lustful three come to terms with reality, with the help of their beautiful host and the female lead of the film, forms the crux of the story. The film is filled with double-meaning dialogues, sexual situations and embarrassing incidents about elder guys trying to make out with younger girls, in the name of entertainment. The only entertaining parts of the film, however, are provided by a character who plays a superstar himself in the film and whose plot is not directly related to the one of the three main protagonists anyway.

 

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/the-shaukeens/

HOLIDAY – A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY (2014)

Directed by:     A.R. Murugadoss

Starring:           Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda, Sumeet Raghavan

Written By:      A.R. Murugadoss

Language:        Hindi

Music by:         Pritam,  Kaushik Dutta

Produced by:   Aruna Bhatia, Twinkle Khanna, Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Running time:  170 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 15+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.5/5.0

Content

Holiday is an action packed film mainly a star vehicle for Akshay Kumar who plays an Army officer. The main subject is that of terrorism; the film is quite graphic with plenty of violence and gore on display. The film doesn’t make for a great family viewing though it does mix it up by offering some typical Bollywood masala with entertaining song sequences and good production values.

Violence 

The film is full of violent scenes including numerous Bomb blasts, shooting, kidnapping and fire with plenty of blood shown. There is very long sequence of physical fight with bloody faces. Possibly, the most violent & graphic scene was of a character’s finger being cut and blood with removed body part is shown explicitly.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are scenes of chase thru traffic with loud background music. There are many other scenes of commotion, fire & kidnapping which don’t make for easy viewing for small children. Threats of killing and hurting show up at regular intervals throughout the film. There are a couple of intense encounters via self-killing/suicide shown that are very frightening to watch.

Sexuality 

None

Language 

None

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Attitude/Behavior

Stealing is shown early on in the film. The theme of corruption and direct violence against other human beings without any reasonable setup or a context could be very disturbing to young kids. The concept of “sleeper terrorist cells” is brought up numerous times that would leave curious kids wondering and asking for explanations.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie doesn’t have any female character of note *including* the leading lady.

Bottom line

Overall, the film can be watched by 15+ year-olds but is full of violence and gore. You have been warned.

 

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/holiday-a-soldier-is-never-off-duty/

ENTERTAINMENT (2014)

Directed by:     Sajid-Farhad

Starring            : Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Johnny Lever

Music by          Sachin – Jigar

BollySitter Recommended Age: 10+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.5/5.0

Content

A slapstick comedy, mostly clean film, lacks entertainment, is extremely silly and absurd.

Violence
Mostly slapstick and over the top action sequences. There are scenes of different characters trying to kill the dog; most of them are comical, except one where dog falls in the frozen lake and presumed dead for a short while. Some climax scenes might be upsetting for some viewers, some fighting sequences are violent; and there is a climax scene in which dog is shot and almost dies, before miraculously surviving.

Sexuality 

Flirting, Romance.

 

Language 

No hard curse words are used.  Kameena is used a few times.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drinking and getting drunk is shown in a few sequences.

Attitude/Behavior

The theme of greed is prevalent in the film, and is the basic premise of the film. The story revolves around inheritance left behind by a billionaire to his dog, and others trying throughout the film to illegally seize it.

Bechdel test 0/3

Movie has only one significant female role.

Bottom line

Overall, the target film audience is 10+ year-olds who would enjoy slapstick/silly and over the top action comedies.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/entertainment/