Inheritance Parent Guide
This movie doesn't have a lot of big surprises, but it conscientiously ticks all the boxes for a thriller.
Parent Movie Review
Archer Monroe (Patrick Warburton) has amassed a great deal of both wealth and power. His daughter Lauren (Lily Collins) is the Manhattan District Attorney, and his son William (Chase Crawford) is running for re-election as a congressman. However, his unexpected death sends the family reeling – not least when he leaves Lily a strange key and a cryptic note in his will. Following the clues, Lily finds a bunker hidden on the property, and within a somewhat emaciated man. Identifying himself as Morgan Warner (Simon Pegg), he begs Lily to free him, claiming that Archer had kept him imprisoned for the better part of 30 years. Lily, uncertain about her family to begin with, now finds her world collapsing around her as Morgan digs up more and more secrets about the life she thought she had. But surely, she thinks, her father wouldn’t have kept this man buried in the yard for no reason…right?
Thrillers as a genre have reached a difficult point. With so many of them on the market, it’s getting more difficult to genuinely surprise anyone. Tragically, this one largely fails at the task. Now, that’s not to say that the movie doesn’t go through all the right motions – there’s a great deal of uncertainty, some ripe family drama, and colossal potential consequences. But by the third act, the only person who doesn’t see where this is going is the protagonist. I won’t claim to have guessed the specific details of the “big reveal”, but I had a pretty good idea.
If you’re new to the genre (or just not paying that much attention, which is a wonderful way to watch many movies), you’ll still have some fun. Simon Pegg is clearly having a wonderful time away from his usual roles as a squeaky clean nice-guy, and it shows in every scene he’s in. I just wish we got to see more of Patrick Warburton as the aggressive family patriarch, if only for his distinctive voice.
Despite the story’s focus on family, the film is completely unsuitable for family viewing. Frequent profanity and a disturbing depiction of a sexual assault, along with occasional graphic violence push it into Restricted territory. Moreover, the movie seems to have a fairly loosey-goosey approach to ethics, and even characters “doing the right thing” are frequently playing fast and loose with basic morality. For all that, though, it isn’t an uninteresting portrait of how the other half lives – and the lengths to which they’ll go to keep living that way.Directed by Vaughn Stein. Starring Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, and Connie Nielson. Running time: 111 minutes. Theatrical release May 22, 2020. Updated May 22, 2020
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Rating & Content Info
Violence: An individual is shown dying of what appears to be a heart attack. A person is struck by a car. Two people are shown dead. A person’s neck is broken. An individual is struck in the legs with a bat. A woman gouges at a man’s eyes. An individual is shot in the head.
Sexual Content: A woman is shown being drugged and sexually assaulted with no nudity or explicit depictions. There are references to prostitution and extramarital affairs.
Profanity: There are eleven uses of extreme profanity and the same number of scatological curses. There are also occasional uses of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Individuals are frequently shown drinking and smoking cigarettes. People are briefly shown taking cocaine.
Page last updated May 22, 2020
Inheritance Parents' Guide
What would you do to protect your loved ones from the truth? How far does that rationale extend? How would this story have been different if any of the members of this family had been honest with one another? How far would you go to keep a damaging secret?
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This movie has more than a few similarities to Silence of the Lambs, both in plot and cinematography. For those looking for more of the complex relationship between the ultra-rich and their children, Christopher Nolan’s Inception addresses a similar idea with a much more complex structure.
For more proof that your family is not the craziest one out there, Ready or Not(2019) sees a young lady meeting her in-laws, and realizing that things aren’t going to be quite as easy as she thought as the new family seems intent on her death. Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, shows a man introduced to his girlfriend’s family, with even stranger results.