Wingwomen parents guide

Wingwomen Parent Guide

After a solid first act, this film completely collapses in the second act, abandoning its clever premise for total incoherence.

Overall D

Netflix: Two French thieves are planning one last heist so they can break free from their life of crime.

Release date November 2, 2023

Violence C
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use B

Why is Wingwomen rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Wingwomen TV-MA

Run Time: 115 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Two expert thieves and best friends, Carole (Melanie Laurent) and Alex (Adele Exarchopoulos), dream of a life without crime. But try as they might, their handler, the Godmother (Isabelle Adjani) refuses to let them quit. Desperate, the two hatch a scheme to do one last big job and buy their freedom, with the help of new recruit Sam (Manon Bresch). But Carole is keeping a secret from Alex that could change their relationship forever.

As a heist movie lover, I greatly appreciate the premise of this movie. The heist itself is merely a backdrop to the female friendships, and how their relationships are affected by their life of crime. I am all about intense female friendships getting more airtime, and Exarchopoulos and Laurent have amazing chemistry, and both give stellar performances. Unfortunately, the writing fails both them and the premise.

Although the first act is solid, with great character work and fun action sequences, the movie falls apart as soon as the second act starts. At no point does this film have a consistent tone. It vacillates wildly between high octane action, drama, emotional montages, and comedy. In the hands of better writers, I do think it could have worked. What could never have worked is the horrible ending. I won’t spoil anything, but it has been a while since I shouted, “this makes no sense!” at a film that isn’t aimed at toddlers.

If that doesn’t turn you off, the content concerns probably will. There are high amounts of swearing (over five dozen sexual expletives) and violence, along with a touch of male frontal nudity and smoking, which will turn off most audiences. Even if there weren’t those concerns, I still wouldn’t recommend this film. Watching it actually made me angry because I loved the idea behind it and I could see an amazing production buried in there somewhere but lost in the hands of incompetent writers.

Directed by Melanie Laurent. Starring Melanie Laurent, Adele Exarchopoulos, Manon Bresch. Running time: 115 minutes. Theatrical release November 2, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Wingwomen rated TV-MA? Wingwomen is rated TV-MA by the MPAA

Violence: Heist-type violence throughout. Guns are seen and used regularly. A tranquilizer gun is used. People fight each other hand to hand. A man is knocked out with a punch. A woman is choked.
Sexual Content: Three people begin to have sex but are interrupted. Brief male frontal nudity is seen. Regular sexual discussions and innuendo. A couple are seen in bed together, implied they had sex.
Profanity: The script contain over 65 sexual expletives, around 40 mild and moderate expletives, 10 uses of terms of deity, and multiple instances of a crude hand gesture.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults smoke in many scenes. Adults drink alcohol in social situations. A woman smokes marijuana.

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How does Carole and Alex’s relationship change as they plan their escape? How do they relate to each other as a result of the lives they lead?

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Other female action and/or heist movies include Ocean’s Eight, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, The Hustle, Polite Society, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.