Apache Junction parents guide

Apache Junction Parent Guide

At best this is a misguided passion project; at worst it's a form of psychological torture for the audience.

Overall D

In Theaters: Apache Junction is a dangerous town to be in, lawless and crawling with thieves and murderers. For reporter Annabelle Angel, the town means bad trouble. Fortunately for her, she's got help: quick-on-the-draw gunslinger Jericho Ford.

Release date September 24, 2021

Violence D
Sexual Content C
Profanity B-
Substance Use C

Why is Apache Junction rated R? The MPAA rated Apache Junction R For some violence.

Run Time: 94 minutes

Parent Movie Review

A journalist for the San Francisco Examiner, Annabelle Angel (Scout Taylor-Compton) has come to remote Apache Junction, Arizona, to write a story about the increasing lawlessness in the area and the Army’s efforts to regain control. But Apache Junction is no place for a woman traveling solo. Fortunately, Annabelle has found Jericho Ford (Stuart Townsend), a rough gunslinger who provides both fodder for her article and protection from the locals. And when Jericho saves her from some lecherous Army officers, he sparks a conflict with the unscrupulous Captain Hensley (Trace Adkins), a conflict which threatens to turn the entire Junction on its ear…

I love a good western. Unfortunately, this has about as much in common with a good western as I have in common with most deep-sea fish. This isn’t even in the same postal code as good. It’s taken up residence somewhere between “atrocious” and “unwatchable”, which despite the low real-estate prices, is not somewhere you want to find yourself.

Most noticeable is the absolutely agonizing combination of Razzie-worthy acting and the truly execrable script. Bad dialogue is one thing, but when the actors delivering it are so unconvincing that they would have been cut from a high school play, it really comes into its own as something hideously unpleasant. A better use for this script would be as tinder, or maybe some sort of industrial fertilizer. By my guess, this is enough dung to fertilize a few thousand square miles of farmland.

If, against professional advice, you decide to subject yourself to this movie, you’ll find comparatively little in terms of the categories we grade films on. Violence is really the only negative factor, with the standard bloody western shootouts, but there’s also a single scatological curse. Thankfully, there are plenty of other reasons not to watch this movie.

This is, at best, a terribly misguided passion project from an inexperienced writer/director. At worst, I think this is some form of psychological warfare intended to fill viewers with the desire to leap from high buildings, play in traffic, or go swimming in cement shoes. While some bad movies can be fun, Apache Junction only manages to be marginally less enjoyable than emergency limb amputation. Now, if you’ll pardon me, I have a freeway to frolic on.

Directed by Justin Lee. Starring Thomas Jane, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Stuart Townsend. Running time: 94 minutes. Theatrical release September 24, 2021. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Apache Junction rated R? Apache Junction is rated R by the MPAA For some violence.

Violence: A bareknuckle fight is shown, with characters betting on the outcome. People are shot and killed. Bodies are shown. One corpse is seen hanging. There are references to and threats of torture. An individual is mutilated with a straight razor off-screen.
Sexual Content: There are references to and depictions of prostitution without explicit sexual content. A group of men attempt to sexually assault a woman.
Profanity: There is one scatological profanity and occasional mild curses and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen smoking tobacco and drinking socially.

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Not all modern Westerns are this unwatchable: Better options include films like Tombstone, Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma, True Grit (2010), The Magnificent Seven (2016), The Revenant, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Hostiles. One of the best known Westerns is The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Neo-westerns include action-packed high-intensity films like No Country for Old Men, Wind River, and Hell or High Water. Rango or Home on the Rangewould be good choices for younger viewers.