A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Violent confrontations, characters killed. Tense scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, including adultery.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language, sexual references and situations (including sex used as a bargaining chip), drinking, smoking, robbery, and a very violent shoot-out. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer/director David Mamet is fascinated by the con. He has written movies about an ordinary person who becomes involved with professional con men (House of Games) and about men who sell vacation property by selling a dream to people who cannot afford it. It may be that the con that interests Mamet most is the story itself, with the storyteller as the con man who spins a yarn so enticing that the listener is utterly captivated.
And it is a pleasure to be captivated by Mamet, the master of tired, tough, talk. The characters in Heist, long-time thieves, have had everything burned off of them but the coolness at their core. They do not talk to communicate. They talk to test each other and show off in front of each other and sometimes to show off in front of those who don't get it. Their talk is like their thievery, stripped down, cynical, and clever. It's like a secret language from Planet Cool and it makes you feel that it just might be worth breaking the law just to be able to speak it.
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