Pixie parents guide

Pixie Parent Guide

Anything that involves deadly gangster priests has to be good...right?

Overall C-

Digital on Demand: Pixie has pursued a life of crime in order to avenge her mother, specifically by masterminding a big heist. But now things have gone awry and Pixie is being pursued by a gang of criminal priests.

Release date March 5, 2021

Violence C-
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use D

Why is Pixie rated R? The MPAA rated Pixie R for violence, language, drug content and some sexual references.

Run Time: 93 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Sligo, a sleepy coastal town in western Ireland, is about to have a rude wake-up call. Following a series of gang-related murders and robberies, an old turf war between Dermot O’Brien (Colm Meaney) and Father Hector McGrath (Alec Baldwin) threatens to re-erupt. Father McGrath is the leader of a gang of murderous priests (yes, you read that correctly) who are responsible for gun and drug smuggling on a huge scale, and it’s his men and his drugs that have been taken. O’Brien is much more involved than he thinks: his stepdaughter, Pixie (Olivia Cooke) has managed to work herself right into the middle of the situation. With her unwitting (and fairly witless) friends Frank (Ben Hardy) and Harland (Daryl McCormack), Pixie soon finds herself cruising around the countryside in a bright yellow car containing approximately 15 kilos (33 pounds) of MDMA a.k.a. ecstasy and one very dead body. With Pixie’s penchant for trouble, the only question is how she’s going to turn this into an opportunity… for her. Everyone else may not be so lucky.

The most disconcerting part of this film is watching Colm Meaney play a man named O’Brien – I just can’t stop thinking of Star Trek. Now, while you may not share this problem, I can assure you that it’s hugely distracting to keep thinking that this movie is just a weird holodeck program for the beloved Transporter Chief O’Brien in which he pretends to be an Irish gangster. (I wouldn’t be surprised if Deep Space 9 considered the idea at some point.)

This is only one of the problems with a film that somehow conspires to be less than the sum of its parts. Watching the trailer and reading the synopsis led me to believe that I would thoroughly enjoy it. And, while Pixie certainly has its moments (particularly the scene featuring Irish comedian Dylan Moran), it never really seems to get out of its own way and get off the ground. It keeps hinting at a better movie lying just under the surface, and one which could have been made without huge amounts of additional work. For audiences who keep waiting for that to happen, the frustration increases with the runtime.

Of course, just because I expected to like this movie does not make it suitable family fare. Rather a lot of gang violence and a perversely impressive amount of profanity are likely going to discourage parents, and I doubt the drug smuggling (and occasional use) or the sexual jokes are going to persuade them otherwise. But the kids aren’t missing nearly as much as I would have hoped. For committed genre fans, Pixie might be passable entertainment, but I don’t think there’s a broad audience here. Unless, of course, you’re just a fan of Irish accents and have a high tolerance for negative content, in which case I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time.

Directed by Barnaby Thompson. Starring Olivia Cooke, Fra Fee, and Rory Fleck Byrne. Running time: 93 minutes. Theatrical release March 5, 2021. Updated

Rating & Content Info

Why is Pixie rated R? Pixie is rated R by the MPAA for violence, language, drug content and some sexual references.

Violence: Many individuals are shot, both fatally and non-fatally. A man is struck by a car and presumed dead. A woman is briefly choked. A character is stabbed in the hand. Several individuals are punched or slapped.
Sexual Content: There are several instances of sexually explicit dialogue. A joke is made about prison rape. Three individuals are shown kissing one another.
Profanity: There are 52 uses of extreme profanity, half a dozen scatological terms, and frequent use of terms of deity and mild profanity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Individuals are shown drinking. Underage characters are shown smoking and vaping. Some characters are shown using MDMA and cocaine.

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