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Parents' Guide to

16 Blocks

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Alcoholic cop in action; not for younger kids.

Movie PG-13 2006 105 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+

Bruce willis in action

I was unsure that i would like this movie but well it turned out to be pretty good violence is rare but still few shooting scenes that can look explicit also much refrences to alcohol
age 14+
Seems like it would be an o.k. movie. The action might thrill some, but the character Bruce Willis is set to play, seems repetitive...

Is It Any Good?

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While lean in look and structure, 16 BLOCKS is weighed down by improbable plot turns and poor choices along the way. Because Eddie charms little girls under duress and speaks eloquently about birthday celebrations, his targeting by the bad men becomes strangely vindicating: their desire to hurt him makes Eddie "good," within the film's reductive moral set-up. Though Jack doesn't precisely trust Eddie, he knows too much about the wannabe killers, mainly because one is his longtime partner, Frank. Apparently, Frank has at his disposal every cop in New York, for soon they're all out trying to kill Eddie and Jack before they reach the courthouse. The fact that this passes for plot and not a joke is testament to the general sense of malaise and distrust that afflicts today's moviegoers: Everyone's a cynic, from characters to consumers.

Eddie views his situation pragmatically, and must learn to trust Jack (because, as he rightly points out, "Ever since I been with you, people been tryin' to shoot me"). For his part, Jack takes stock of himself, stops drinking, and starts crafting a strategy, moment by moment, to keep his man alive and get him to the courthouse. This strategy involves frequent plot holes and conveniences, patched together with action sequences and banter scenes. While the formula might have seemed clever(er) back in Donner's Lethal Weapon's heyday, now it's creaky. Eddie and Jack argue about whether "people can change," with Eddie insisting they can and surly Jack, no surprise, thinking otherwise. While Eddie is most certainly in need of saving by Jack, he also gets to save Jack. It's what buddies do.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 3, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: June 13, 2006
  • Cast: Bruce Willis , Jenna Stern , Yasiin Bey
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language.
  • Last updated: June 3, 2022

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