Gold Brick parents guide

Gold Brick Parent Guide

Netflix has categorized this as a comedy but it is disappointingly un-funny.

Overall C-

Netflix: In this French comic thriller, an employee in a perfume warehouse starts stealing product to make a buck and get revenge on his wealthy employers. (This film has also been released as "Cash".)

Release date July 6, 2023

Violence B
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use B

Why is Gold Brick rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Gold Brick TV-MA for language, sex, smoking

Run Time: 95 minutes

Parent Movie Review

In the small French city of Chartres, the Breuil family are the top of the food chain. As owners of a large perfume shipping company, they employ many of the citizens, and are both extremely wealthy and powerful. Tired of being stepped on by this elite family, Daniel (Raphaël Quenard) decides to give the Breuils their comeuppance by getting a job at their warehouse and stealing perfumes to sell on the side. As his operation grows, so do the risks he takes, and the consequences if he gets caught.

Gold Brick is listed as a comedy by Netflix, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a less funny comedy. Maybe the humor was lost on me through both the cultural and language barrier, but I did not laugh once in the entire runtime. The script offers some commentary on class divisions and the follies of the rich, but it’s all shallow and generic and the main wealthy character is given a lot of pathos by the end, which doesn’t exactly lend itself to hard hitting commentary. I didn’t find this film to be either funny or interesting, which unfortunately lands it squarely in boring territory.

Yes, I love a heist, but this heist primarily takes place in the last 10 minutes, almost none of the team are given any characterization, and the stakes are incredibly low. The only member of the team that the audience knows anything about is Daniel. The rest are just names and faces with no backstories or discernable personalities. That’s half the fun of a heist flick! And the caper itself is boring, with no interesting plans or twists. That’s the other half of the fun!

Thanks to high amounts of profanity as well as some violence and sex, I can’t recommend this film for family audiences. But even for adults with no qualms around that type of content, I don’t recommend it. Gold Brick is not a bad movie, but it’s so generic and boring that it’s not worth 90 minutes of your life. You could watch Ocean’s Eleven instead, which is an arguably much better use of anyone’s time.

Directed by Jeremie Rozan. Starring Raphael Quenard, Igor Gotesman, Agathe Rousselle. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release July 6, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Gold Brick rated TV-MA? Gold Brick is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language, sex, smoking

Violence: A man is pinned down and a plastic bag placed over his head. Characters violently hijack a truck. Characters intimidate others with guns. A man is accidently shot, and his bloody corpse is shown briefly.
Sexual Content: Two sex scenes, both in an adulterous context, with no nudity, but obvious movements and sounds.
Profanity: 18 extreme expletives and 45 mild and moderate expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen socially drinking and smoking in some scenes.

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Gold Brick Parents' Guide

Why is Daniel resentful of the Breuil family? How does he act out that resentment and how does that affect his choices?

Home Video

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Better heist options include Ocean’s Eleven, The Vault, or The Sting.

For critiques of the rich, you can try Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Crazy Rich Asians, The Devil Wears Prada, The House of Gucci, or Parasite.