Mormon Moviegoers Review: What Parents Need to Know About "Ocean's 8" Before Seeing It with Their Family

by | Jun. 22, 2018


Mormon Moviegoers help you make informed decisions by reviewing films for artistry, content, and Gospel parallels. It was founded by Jonathan Decker, author of 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families. For daily reviews join our Facebook group.

What's Ocean's 8 About?

The sister of con artist Danny Ocean puts together an all-female crew to pull off a jewel heist.

Is It Any Good? (Grade: B-)

First things first: the cast is excellent. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna, along with everyone else, are clearly having fun and bring a significant amount of charm to this caper flick. Sadly, while the movie is elevated by the actors, it isn't worthy of them. 

It's not funny enough, there's almost no tension to the heist itself, and the plot is too formulaic and predictable. Still, Ocean's 8 has style, it has class, it has some laughs, and it has beautiful people. If that's all you need, you'll have a good time. But we've seen it all before, and better. 

Is It Okay for Your Family?

Ocean's 8 is rated PG-13. It has one f-word and a handful of other profanities. There is some bathroom humor (vomiting offscreen) and a makeout scene lasting a few seconds (whether or not sex follows is unclear). Crime, deception, and thieving are glamorized, but in a comedic tongue-in-cheek way that suggests that none of this is to be taken seriously. 

Any Worthwhile Messages?

With teamwork and intelligence, you can accomplish almost anything. 

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Jonathan Decker is a licensed family therapist and clinical director of Your Family Expert. His wife, Alicia, is the CEO. He offers online relationship courses for couples and families worldwide, along with in-person and online counseling for persons in the state of Utah. He is also a husband, father, author, actor, television personality, and motivational speaker. For daily guidance from Jonathan, join his Facebook group Ask a Mormon Therapist. 

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