Bombshell movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This film with an excellent selection of actresses is interesting, watchable and features themes of sexual harassment. It’s also quite mature, but is enjoyable.


Three ambitious women take on the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, after Gretchen Carlson files a lawsuit against him after having had enough of his sexual misconduct and toxic atmosphere in the network.

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Movie details

Director: Jay Roach
Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney
Writer: Charles Randolph
Release Date (Australia): 16 January 2020
Runtime: 108 minutes/1h 48m
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains mature themes relating to sexual harassment and references to sexual violence.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features use of the words “f**k”, “s**t” and “**shole”.

Sex (M)

The film features crude verbal references to sexual acts and sex toys. There is an implied sexual encounter between two women.

mpaa rating

R (for sexual material and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The outstanding performances by the three main actresses are able to overtake the seeable problems in this drama about sexual misconduct. Bombshell is an interesting, watchable and sometimes funny film that depicts the real-life events that happened within the quite recent Fox News scandal.

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie are the three talented actresses who star as the main women in this film, who fall victim to the sexual harassment and misconduct perpetrated by the head of Fox News, who is played very precisely by John Lithgow. Bombshell is very fascinating, mature and entertaining, despite it taking its time. But it’s also unexpectedly funny at times, not necessarily with the intention to be.

Unfortunately however, the problematic elements throughout this film that the performances are able to cover up are still very clear and make themselves completely visible at times. The film is mainly focused on Charlize Theron’s character, when it’s Nicole Kidman’s character who took the first stand about it in the story. We also don’t get solid evidence of some of the women being harassed, which kind of feel uneven, too.

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