Hulu’s Boston Strangler 2023 tells a fascinating side of the true crime story that is often unknown. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Hulu’s Boston Strangler releases on the streaming service in the United States tomorrow, Friday, March 16, 2023. The film stars Keira Knightley (Loretta McLaughlin), Carrie Coon (Jean Cole), Chris Cooper (Jack MacLaine), Alessandro Nivola (Detective Conley), Robert John Burke (Eddie Holland), David Dastmalchian, Morgan Spector, Owen Burke, and Bill Camp. The true-life crime story was written and directed by Matt Ruskin. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Boston Strangler 2023 Parents Guide
In Boston Strangler 2023: Reporter Loretta McLaughlin becomes the first person to connect a series of murders and break the story of the Boston Strangler. She and Jean Cole challenge the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city’s most notorious serial killer.
Boston Strangler Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know about the age rating of the movie before letting their younger children watch Boston Strangler 2023.
Language: Boston Strangler 2023 contains some strong language, with light profanity used throughout. Stronger words include sh*t, jacka**, a**h*le, d*mn, hell, and phrases such as “Christ’s sake.”
Mature Content: Other than the bad language mentioned above, the other big indicators of adult themes include strong, persistent violence and the theme, which centers around a serial killer. Violent scenes include characters getting attacked and strangled, characters being stabbed to death, dead bodies shown, violent crime scene photos shown, and attacks being heard but no scene including women screaming. Characters consume alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
Age Rating of Boston Strangler 2023: Hulu’s Boston Strangler 2023 has an R rating for intense violence, language, and violent content, and the parents’ advisory recommends it for an adult audience, younger adults, and teens 17 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or an adult guardian is highly suggested for younger kids (or older kids) under 17 years of age for this R-rated film. The minimum age recommendation is 16 years old; it is not suitable for young children. Young viewers are not recommended to view this film.
There has been a revival of movies and series as of late that surround the stories of famous serial killers. Most recently, Netflix released Dahmer, which shocked and disgusted audiences, but like onlookers passing by a car crash, viewers could not not watch it. Hulu’s Boston Strangler 2023 takes a tamer look at the captivating murder mystery and the two female journalists who tell the truth surrounding the murders.
Hulu’s Boston Strangler 2023 stars Keira Knightley, who plays journalist Loretta McLaughlin, and Carrie Coon as her partner, Jean Cole. McLaughlin was the first to break the story that the killings were actually done by one person, a serial killer, later teaming up with Cole. The two women are great together onscreen and exude a strength and confidence that are needed for such roles, where the two literally had their lives in danger to seek out and reveal the truth.
For those looking for a serial killer film that delves into the killer and the details of the murders, Hulu’s Boston Strangler 2023 is not it. Instead, this film follows the two female journalists and the hoops they had to jump through while investigating the story, the ineptness of the police surrounding the case, and of course, the details of the possible killers themselves. Writer and director Matt Ruskin can be commended for his decision to not delve too deep into the murders, the victims, and the grisly details, usually choosing to have the murders shown offscreen and only sounds of the attacks being heard. In some ways, not showing these murders but rather the attacks of the victim’s screams made those crimes feel much more intense and heartbreaking.
Hulu’s Boston Strangler 2023 is slow paced, which could easily lose some viewers who are looking for more action than a story-telling film. However, for those who may not know of the murders and for those who may be familiar with the murders but unaware of the journalist who aided in the investigation, it is an intriguing part of history that this movie showcases. This film won’t win any awards or be of interest to everyone, but the work Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole put into the Boston Strangler case deserves much praise and their story deserves to be told.