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Parents' Guide to

Mob Land

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Surprisingly thoughtful crime drama has bloody violence.

Movie R 2023 112 minutes
Mob Land Movie Poster: Sheriff Bodie Davis (John Travolta) holds his gun

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (32 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

After a too-familiar start, this crime drama slowly, surprisingly reveals itself as a potent exercise in existentialism, a thoughtful rumination on guilt and the dying of the American Dream. Let's face it, the "botched robbery" description and the B-level cast doesn't initially inspire confidence. But Mob Land takes off when Dorff's Clayton Minor arrives on the scene. He's a nihilist from New Orleans but also a student of human nature, seemingly curious about the inner lives of all the locals. His gravel-hard surface and the nature of his questions and ideas are a fascinating juxtaposition. Indeed, the very reason he doesn't kill Shelby is that he's curious about Shelby's reasons for the robbery and his guilt. To top it off, Travolta gives one of his most lovable performances as the avuncular sheriff, whose slow, polite drawl belies a smart twinkle in his eyes. Mob Land is the writing and directing debut of Nicholas Maggio, and if he can learn to keep from shaking the camera during action scenes -- as he unfortunately does here -- it will be interesting to see what he does next.

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