A Day to Die parents guide

A Day to Die Parent Guide

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Bruce Willis!

Overall D-

Theaters and Digital on Demand: A parole officer falls afoul of a local crime boss, who kidnaps the man's wife to ensure his cooperation.

Release date March 4, 2022

Violence D
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use D

Why is A Day to Die rated R? The MPAA rated A Day to Die R for violence, pervasive language, drug use and some sexual material/nudity

Run Time: 105 minutes

Parent Movie Review

After a disastrous hostage rescue gone badly awry, former Marine Connor (Kevin Dillon) finds himself working as a parole officer in Jackson, Mississippi. When a parolee of his is assaulted, Connor is forced to kill the assailant – and gets into a world of trouble. The assailant worked for local crime boss Pettis (Leon Robinson), a dangerous man at the best of times, who now expects Connor to pay him back for the lost income his employee would have provided. Having lost his job over the shooting and without any savings, Connor is going to be hard pressed to come up with the two million dollars Pettis expects from him. The price for failure is going to be even higher, though: Pettis has taken Connor’s pregnant wife, Candace (Brooke Butler) as insurance, and failure to come up with the money is a death sentence for her.

But look, don’t sweat the details. The movie doesn’t really know where it’s going with any of this, so there’s no sense in the audience caring. In fact, the film barely understands the concept of coherent storytelling so it’s best that you don’t try to follow anything that’s happening. This is especially alarming, considering that three different people are listed as writers. You’d think that at least one of them would have a basic grasp of storytelling, but you’d be wrong. But don’t take my word for it: while Connor is trying to save his African-American parolee, the man runs off saying “Aint no white man never did me no good like you, man.” All I can offer in response to this bit of racial stereotyping is a weak “yikes”.

In fairness, action films are not famed for their writing. It’s not like Die Hard went up for a Best Screenplay award. People love that movie for the fun action, gunplay, and Alan Rickman. Well, since this film doesn’t have Alan Rickman, it’s going to need to compensate. Once again, it fails to deliver. The CGI is quite literally laughable, and potentially the worst I’ve seen since Virus Shark. Some of the guns still have airsoft orange tips on the barrels, and none of the actors seem to know where to point them. As Bruce Willis creeps towards senility, his credibility as an action star continues to decline – although not as rapidly as his judgment about which movies he’ll agree to be in.

Put gently, this movie is a disaster. More accurately, it’s 105 minutes of unhinged, disjointed, poorly written, and shakily shot nonsense packed to bursting with unconvincing actors, one-dimensional characters, and rubbery effects. It would be illegal to show this to prisoners, because it would certainly count as cruel and unusual punishment. And they have the audacity to ask you to pay to watch this. Once again, yikes.

Directed by Wes Miller. Starring Bruce Willis, Kevin Dillon, Frank Grillo, Leon Robinson. Running time: 105 minutes. Theatrical release March 4, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is A Day to Die rated R? A Day to Die is rated R by the MPAA for violence, pervasive language, drug use and some sexual material/nudity

Violence: People are repeatedly shot and killed in explosions. Characters are injured in a fistfight.
Sexual Content: Strippers are seen topless and dancing suggestively.
Profanity: There are 128 uses of sexual expletives, 44 uses of scatological curses, and frequent uses of mild profanity and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are seen drinking, smoking tobacco and marijuana, snorting cocaine, and shooting up with intravenous heroin.

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A Day to Die Parents' Guide

Connor’s wife is used as a hostage to motivate him. In the industry, this is known as “fridging” a character, i.e. using them to motivate or harm a main character. Why do you think this is such a frequent strategy in action movies? Why is it almost always women who are “fridged”? What other problems have you seen with female characters in action films? Why do you think those issues persist?

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Stronger films about corruptions and heists include Hell or High Water, The Town, Heat, Baby Driver, and The Old Man and the Gun. Other cheap, terrible Bruce Willis films include Out of Death, Hard Kill, and Death Wish.