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Ocean's 8 also known as “Ocean's 8: Las estafadoras,” “Debbina 8,” “Ocean's 8: Az évszázad átverése,” “Oceani 8,” “Oceanovih 8,” “Oito Mulheres e um Segredo,” “Ouseno astuntukas,” “Debbie a její parťačky,” “Η συμμορία των 8,” «8 подруг Оушена», «Бандитките на Оушън»

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for language, drug use, and some suggestive content.

Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
CONTRIBUTOR

Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young Adults
Genre:
Crime Action Comedy Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
June 8, 2018 (wide—4,000+ theaters)
DVD: September 11 2018
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Relevant Issues
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What does Scripture say about STEALING? Answer

thieves in the Bible: robbery, the two thieves

greed

revenge

lies / dishonesty

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Featuring: Sandra BullockDebbie Ocean
Cate BlanchettLou
Anne HathawayDaphne Kluger
Rihanna … Nine Ball
Helena Bonham CarterRose
Mindy Kaling … Amita
Awkwafina … Constance
Dakota FanningPenelope Stern
Olivia Munn
Matt DamonLinus Caldwell
Richard ArmitageClaude Becker
Jaime KingJaime King
Katie HolmesKatie Holmes
Carl ReinerSaul Bloom
Sarah Paulson … Tammy
James Corden … John Frazier
Kylie Jenner … Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian West … Kim Kardashian
Kendall Jenner … Kendall Jenner
Charlotte Kirk … Cara
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Director: Gary Ross—“The Hunger Games” (2012)
Producer: Smokehouse Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
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Distributor: Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Debbie Ocean spent five years in prison planning this jewel heist, down to every minute detail. When she gets out of prison, all she needs is seven other women to join her team for a huge paycheck. She shares her plan with the experts—the hacker, the pick pocket, the jeweler, the fence, and the others. For a cut of $16 million each, they are all eager to be of assistance.

Everyone on the team performs to high and exact standards to reach a common goal. This is not a Robin Hood scenario where he “steals from the rich and gives to the poor.” These gals want to steal in order to enrich themselves, and they have no honorable intentions for the money, other than to pursue their own pleasures. Bluntly put, this is a film about crooks and con-artists who do dishonest things without remorse.

Objectionable Language: The Name of Jesus Christ is profaned five times. “S*it” in varied forms such as “bulls*it” is spoken a dozen times. We hear “A*s” five times, and there are two “F”words. Along with that are crude words such as “p*ss,” “holy cr*p,” “fr*cken,” “p*ssies,” and “bloody.”

Violent Content: There are no gunfights or fistfights in this film, and no screaming arguments. In one scene Debbie holds a knife to a man and threatens him, but does cut him.

Disturbing Images: There are many instances of illegal activity, such as when Debbie Ocean steals items off shop racks, then takes them to the cashier claiming she wants to return them for cash but doesn’t have her receipt. Debbie’s friend, Lou, makes a living selling Vodka she waters down in a back room “because no one notices when you water it down, as long as it tastes like Vodka.” The pickpocket gal constantly steals from anyone within ten feet of her. Crime is rampant and glorified in this movie.

Nudity: Since this is a film about a museum theft, there are many paintings and statues that are nudes. Also, in a couple of apartments there are artful nude paintings that the camera lingers on. Many of the women in the movie are dressed seductively in dresses intentionally accentuating their cleavage and their thighs.

Alcohol, Smoking, and Drug Use: There are several scenes that highlight drinking and smoking. No drug use is evident, except one character is smoking a joint in several scenes.

Sex: One very brief scene shows a couple having sex. Another scene shows a scantily-clad woman straddling a man suggestively, and in one scene a woman handcuffs a man to a bed, then she disappears.

Occult: There is no occult activity depicted in this film.

Morality Issues: The movie Is about eight women who plot to steal diamonds during a famous annual Met gala in New York City. Right off the bat this movie is highly immoral. Debbie Ocean lies through her teeth to get paroled, promises to lead a quiet lawful life, and right away she enlists the aid of her team to pull off the greatest jewel theft in history. They do all of their illegal activities and lying with absolutely no remorse. No one seems to have a conscience. Lou asks Debbie why she is doing this. Debbie replies “because this is what I’m good at.” At one point Debbie tells her team, “Somewhere out there, there’s an eight-year-old girl dreaming of becoming a criminal. You’re doing this for her.”

There is also a sub-story about the man who framed Debbie and caused her to go to prison for five years. While Debbie orchestrates the theft, she is also plotting her revenge against this ex-boyfriend. A couple of characters who are not originally part of the theft team are bribed and cut in to keep them quiet about the crime.

This movie just simply glorifies dishonesty. Young people who see the film may find themselves rooting for Debbie’s team and hoping they are successful, but it should be pointed out to them that what Debbie Ocean’s team of eight is doing is against the Law of God as well as against the laws of man. “Thou Shalt Not Steal” is nowhere to be found in anyone’s vocabulary in this movie.

  • Violence: Minor
  • Profane language: Moderate
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Moderately Heavy
  • Nudity: Moderate
  • Sex: Mild
  • Occult: None

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Neutral
Neutral—I am a fan of the George Clooney Ocean’s films, and when I first heard there was going to be an all-female version I was skeptical at first. I wasn’t sure if there was anything new they could bring to the Ocean’s franchise, or if there even needed to be another film. Considering that even Clooney’s version was a re-make from the 60’s… it just felt like Hollywood was trying so hard to make a profit.

As news of the all-star cast made it’s way to me, I began to feel better about my chances of going to see this film. I celebrate diversity in every possible way, and the additions of Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, and Rihanna were much needed. I feel that their characters gave the film it’s best moments.

The Bible (naturally!) tells us that we shall not covet what another has. I went into this movie knowing stealing/theft/robbery are against what God says. In no way did I expect this movie to eventually tell me that stealing will have a lovely outcome. Debbie (played exceptionally by Sandra Bullock) and her team are in some way unhappy. They smoke, cheat, live in unhappy marriages, are plagued by an bad reputation, or are trapped in unhappy marriages. The life of crime then appeals to them. It offers a quick-fix. At the end of the film they have the cash and the means to do anything they want. The movie doesn’t show us any negative outcomes to their behavior… but I can sure think of some.

Now, as for whether this movie was good… when I go to see a movie, I go to be entertained… and I was entertained. I wanted this movie to pull off the same hare-brained-skin-of-their-teeth heist strategies, because that is what I and most audiences loved about the other Ocean’s films. I was pleased with Debbie’s team and their interesting chemistry, as well as how they managed to get what they wanted.

I understand there is no moral compass to these films. All I can say is that sometimes it takes watching a movie where bad decisions are made to understand what the good decisions are.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Hannah (USA)
Negative
Negative—This whole movie just falls flat—there’s next to zero tension, and it felt as though the actors all called in their performances. Further, the movie assumes we are going to be sympathetic toward the principle characters in the story because they all need the money—poor things. But the facts are that these women are thieves! If they took all the brain power and effort they made to pull off the heist, and instead used it to pure purpose, they would be successful in life without resorting to stealing. Sorry, I felt no sympathy—I’d have felt better if they were caught and all ended up in prison. Now that would be a happy ending.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Leonardo, age 76 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…this is a self-satisfied exercise that's only occasionally as much fun as it thinks it is…
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
…a low-stakes reboot… never quite gets its ensemble act together. It’s smooth, and far from inept. But it isn’t much fun. …
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…What the movie refuses to do is dazzle, or resonate, or overstay its welcome, which is another way of saying it doesn’t really linger. As “8’s” go, it could stand to be a little crazier. …
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
…surprisingly flat action comedy… Most disappointing are the flimsy and rarely funny roles given to Mindy Kaling (from TV’s The Mindy Project), as the crew’s jeweler, and Helena Bonham Carter…
John Hazelton, Screen Daily
…what it doesn’t do is turn up the heat on its protagonists. While the heist-gone-wrong trope is cliché, Ocean’s 8’s robbery could have benefited from more jeopardy. … [3]
Ian Freer, Empire [UK]
…surprisingly flat action comedy…
John Hazelton, Screen International
…I left “Ocean’s 8” more convinced than ever that no amount of fierce, fantastic female ensembles can overcome the mediocrity of a dull male director. …
Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine (Vulture)
…Bullock’s performance anchors the movie — and nearly drags it down. “Ocean’s 8” has the cast, and the cultural moment, it needs. It just doesn’t do enough with it. =…
Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic
…Like a cubic zirconia knockoff of a priceless diamond necklace, this female “Ocean’s” update looks the part but just ain’t got that sparkle. …
Sara Stewart, New York Post
…If you rent the movie and view it alone, you’ll probably laugh three times, and never watch it again. …
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
…It's all predicated on the fact that women are often underestimated. But in making that point, it's also somehow underestimated the audience who still should be entitled to a smart, fun heist, no matter who is pulling it off. …
Lindsey Bahr, The Associate Press
…We go to heist films to see the suckers get taken in high style. This one just robs us bland. …
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
…Unfortunately, “Ocean’s 8” turns out to be a poor showcase for their talents. …
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch