2 Guns

  • Review Date: August 1, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Violence, nudity in entertaining-but-cliched action comedy.
  • Review Date: August 1, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Amid the corruption/violence, the overarching messages are that you shouldn't blindly follow orders without knowing why you're doing something and that everyone needs someone to "have their back" and believe in them even when no one else will.

Positive role models

Most of the characters are undercover/corrupt agents/military personnel (U.S. government's agencies are portrayed as just as corrupt as the Mexican drug dealers they keep in check), so there aren't too many role models except for, in the end, how loyal Bobby and Stig are to each other, calling each other "my people" and "brother." Ultimately, Deb prefers to selflessly act with dignity and not give away any information to a villain, even though the consequences look dire. Some stereotyping.

Violence

Lots of violence, plenty of it featuring guns. Explosions, close-range executions, torture, and hand-to-hand fighting. A man likes to use a Russian Roulette-style approach on others in order to extract information. Stig shoots Bobby in the shoulder. A drug dealer's thugs have a man's head in a bag. A drug kingpin shoots a hostage. There are a few long fist fights, and the body count includes most of the secondary cast.

Sex

Paula Patton does a nude scene with Denzel Washington. He's shirtless in bed; she's topless and wearing tiny panties. There aren't any scenes of them embracing/having sex, but they're shown either right before or right after a couple of times, in bed, talking and kissing while her breasts are showing.

Language

Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--k," "bitch," "ass," "damn," "hell," "crap," "oh my God," "goddamn," and more.

Consumerism

Car brands/logos seen include Chrysler 500, Dodge Challenger, Ford.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults smoke and drink on occasion. Discussion of cocaine and drug dealing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 2 Guns is an action comedy starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg that has plenty of strong language, violence, and sex. The violence includes up-close executions, torture, and the death of a female hostage. Two sex scenes aren't overly explicit but do show a topless woman -- mostly talking and kissing a shirtless man -- for quite a while. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch." The U.S. government's agencies -- like the DEA and the CIA -- are shown to be just as corrupt as the Mexican drug dealers they keep in check. Ultimately, this is a buddy film about two skilled men seeking justice and blowing things up in the process.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) are jack-of-all-trades partners in crime on the Texas/Mexico border -- brokering drug deals with cocaine kingpin Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) and planning a bank robbery. What they don't know is that each is acting undercover: Bobby is actually a DEA agent, and Stig is a former NCIS petty officer. When they rob the bank where Papi has $3 million stashed, they wind up with $43 million in cash -- all belonging to a mysterious villain in a cowboy hat (Bill Pullman), who has no problem killing anyone to get his money back. As true allegiances are revealed, Bobby and Stig realize they have no choice but to trust each other and work together to bring down the bad guys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur knows how to direct an '80s-style buddy action comedy full of bullets and explosions, and were the screenplay a lot tighter, this could have been the start of a franchise in the vein of Lethal Weapon. Washington and Wahlberg are masters of the odd-couple buddy cliché at this point in their careers, and the movie is the most watchable when they're riffing off of each other: Washington's Bobby is a stubborn one-man island who doesn't love anyone more than his job, and Wahlberg's Stig is an optimistic hothead who winks at waitresses and takes loyalty seriously.

The comedy parts of the story work well; one of the funniest jokes in the movie is when Stig tells Olmos' Papi that he looks "like the Mexican Albert Einstein." But the action plot gets a bit bogged down in all the twists and stereotypes: the double-crossing supervisor, the jilted ex-girlfriend, the climactic Mexican standoff. Still, despite its predictability, 2 GUNS is fun to watch because of its talented stars, who look like they're having the time of their lives, even when they're covered in blood and dirt. Far from perfect, the movie is still an entertaining piece of popcorn fare.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about 2 Guns' various forms of violence. What's the impact of both the gun violence/explosions and the scenes of Russian Roulette and the baseball bat torture? Do you think the filmmakers could have told the story with less violence?

  • Members of the military and various U.S. agencies are revealed to be not only corrupt but also helping the drug trade. Is this a believable idea? Why does the admiral tell Stig that blind loyalty isn't a good thing?

  • Some critics have bemoaned the fact that both Washington and Wahlberg waste their talent doing formulaic buddy films. What kind of roles would you prefer they take? Which of their movies are your favorites?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 2, 2013
DVD release date:November 19, 2013
Cast:Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton
Director:Baltasar Kormakur
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence throughout, language and brief nudity

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Adult Written bydarthsitkur August 19, 2013
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15
QUALITY
 

guns, lots of guns

tons of crazy action, tons of very big laughs, really hot chicks, stuff getting blown up, and guns, LOTS of guns lol, this movie had everything that the trailer had promised, and it is truly a guy's flick all the way lol
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymd89012407 August 5, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 

No reason for kids to watch

My first review! A reasonably good buddy-cop movie with enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. Denzel W and Mark W keep the audience engaged with their dialogue and on screen personality. My concerns with the movie center mainly around the gratuitous violence. The two heroes are strung up and then tortured with blows from a baseball bat. While brief, it was a difficult scene for kids. One of the bad guys plays "Russian Roulette" with certain characters as he interrogates them. Plenty of gun violence, especially at the end of the movie where dozens die. There is also some sexual content. An acquaintance of ours brought their 10 year old daughter. I could not understand why somebody would do this, as there really was no redeeming quality about the movie for that age range. The themes, plot twists and motives of the characters are most likely above kids anyways.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byjoshua martinez August 3, 2013
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16
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16 and up.

this action/adventure movie 2 guns is an outstanding movie stars with your two great awesome actors Denzel Washington,and Mark Wahlberg with this being said the movie is fine enough but only for your older audiences to see and parents you need to know 2 guns has a lot of intense violence and the body count is high such as Explosions, close-range executions, torture, and hand-to-hand fighting although there is no sex scene shown but there is nudity shown in one scene where the women's breast is shown and she is topless characters used constant strong language and there is smoking and drinking used.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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