HAPPY NEW YEAR (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         10+ (For language and violence)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           3.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          5.2/10.0

 

Directed by:    Farah Khan

Starring:         Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Jackie Shroff

Written By:     Farah Khan, Althea Kaushal, Mayur Puri (dialogues)

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Vishal-Shekhar

Produced by:   Gauri Khan

Lyrics by:        Irshaad Kamil

Running time: 179 mins

Genre(s):         Comedy, Drama, Action

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BollySitter says

HAPPY NEW YEAR is a revenge cum heist cum dance competition drama that is larger than life, illogical at times, over the top and yet provides wholesome entertainment for the family just like any other signature Shahrukh Khan movie.

Director Farah Khan is an astute believer of show business and she follows the Manmohan Desai school of filmmaking where characters lead a life of grandeur with opulence, misery, coincidence, luck and fate – all at the same time – and yet her movies always have happy endings (a la “Om Shanti Om”).

Content

Happy New Year is story of a Boston university topper turned street fighter who brings together a team of 5 losers from varying professions to commit a big diamond heist in the garb of participating as a dance troupe at the World Dance Competition in Dubai. The primary motive behind his actions is to avenge the injustice meted out to his father by movie’s antagonist.

Violence 

The opening scene of the movie is a pre-fixed fight scene between two characters. Fist fighting, blows on face and blood oozing out of the mouth of the protagonist is shown. In another fight scene on top of a building, a scuffle, fistfights and bloodshed is shown. The violence scenes are not gory and have an exaggerated feel to them. In a suicide scene, a slit wrist and blood oozing out of wrist is shown. There is an elaborate group fight scene outside a bar that has a comical feel to it.

Intense & Frightening scenes

During a fight scene, a character hangs over the edge of a skyscraper roof and swings back. In a dance sequence, a small boy falls from the top of a human pyramid but is later saved. Both scenes may scare small children.

Sexuality

A bar dancer is shown wearing skimpy dresses in some scenes and songs but there are no scenes with overt sexuality or physical intimacy in the movie. In two brief sequences, a presumably gay association between two characters is suggested and they are shown dancing suggestively in a video recording. There is brief mock kissing scene where a character surrounded by women is shown with lipstick marks smothered on his face.

Language 

Some derogatory cuss words referring to one’s mother are liberally used in a few sequences. The opening line of the movie which is repeated throughout the movie has two cuss words in it (“Kutti”, “Saali”). One of the characters uses demeaning words against another character throughout the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are quite a few drinking scenes in the movie. One character is shown as a chronic drunkard. During one of the drunken stupors amongst lead characters, an emotional outburst is shown but no violence or aggression is depicted.

Attitude/Behavior

The movie is about 6 losers and each one of them has individual quirks and eccentricities that give an edge to their characters.  Their personality traits, social background, upbringing and other characteristics define their actions and attitude throughout the movie.

Discussion points

The movie primarily has only entertainment quotient and no depth to the story. Parents, however, can still teach children the value of team work as shown in the movie. They can tell children to believe in themselves and not let past disappointments define their future. They can also bring the kids attention to a statement made by a character in the film that respect is the ultimate destination of any man and that one should always protect his/her integrity.There is also emphasis on patriotism in the movie that can be talked about.

Bechdel Test 0/3

The female lead is the only primary female character in the movie. One character’s mother is shown as a domineering woman but she has no interaction with the lead female.

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

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BANG BANG (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         13+ (For sensuality and violence)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          4.4/10.0

Directed by:    Siddharth Anand

Starring:          Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey

Written By:     Patrick O’Neill, Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Vishal-Shekhar

Produced by:   FOX Star Studios

Lyrics by:        Anvita Dutt, Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani

Running time: 153 mins

Genre(s):         Action Thriller

BollySitter says

BANG BANG is a mindless action thriller with standard Bollywood doses of romance, exotic locations, songs, dances, emotions and no plot thrown into the mix. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 13+ age group due to scenes of loud violence and some sensuality.

Content

The official remake of Knight and Day, Bang Bang revolves around the escapades of a guy searching for a notorious criminal and a girl who inadvertently ends up becoming his accomplice as he shoots, fights and kills bad people around the world.

Violence 

There are liberal doses of action sequences throughout the film, some of which are intense while others are superhero type and larger-than-life in nature. The beginning and end of the film feature two scenes where people are thrown alive into a raging fire. These may be disturbing for younger kids. The film shows gun fires, bomb blasts, fistfights and acrobatic jumps – most of which are more hurtful to the ears than to the eyes. There are a few scenes of shooting people from a close range and a few dead bodies are shown.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are two scenes where people are set on fire alive. In one scene, a character cuts the finger of a dead body with a cigar cutter and uses its fingerprints to unlock a finger-scanning lock.

Sexuality 

Apart from a mildly erotic kissing scene, there is no overt sexuality in the film. The film, however, does have a few scenes of sensuality where a scantily-dressed female lead is either dreaming of singing/dancing with the male lead or mouthing dialogues that insinuate that she would like the male lead to have sex with her. Tanned, half-naked bodies of both the leads are on display throughout the film.

Language 

The female lead in the film is shown speaking suggestive dialogues in a drugged state that depict her desire to have a lover. The bad guys make threats using menacing words but no curse words are used. The word “bullshit” is used once. Certain dialogues may have a double-meaning. The usage of the film’s title “Bang Bang” is also used suggestively towards the end of the film.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are scenes where various characters are shown drinking wine and other forms of alcohol. There are multiple situations where people are drugged and then kidnapped using the medicines or drinks served to them. One character is shown smoking a cigar in most of the scenes.

Attitude/Behavior

Parts of the film revolves heavily around the theft of Kohinoor diamond which was forcibly taken from India during British Raj. A number of characters are shown taking patriotic pride in stealing the diamond back from Britain. The female lead is shown to be a bimbo whose goal in life is to find “Trueluvv”. She is shown to have a poor judgment about people and takes everything on the face value, “good looking” face value that is.

Discussion points

The film has certain patriotic undertones which families can discuss with the children. The parent-children bond is highlighted in the film. Sibling love is at the center of the film and can be part of discussions with younger kids. Part of the film is an example of the “Stockholm Syndrome” where a victim falls in love with his/her kidnapper. Parents can talk to kids about the danger of accepting drinks or food from strangers or giving in to emotions when dealing with people they do not know.

Bechdel Test 0/3

There are three female characters in the film, but besides the main lead, the other characters don’t have a much role. The main lead shares a warm relation with her grandmother but her grandmother is shown to be constantly pushing her to find true love like yesteryears romantic heroes. Most of the conversations are between the two of them and involve men. The film has a strong patriarchal tone where the objectified female character simply wants to be swept off her feet by a prince charming in her life.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/bang-bang/