2 Guns

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Violence, nudity in entertaining-but-cliched action comedy.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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
Adult Written byPres March 27, 2020

21+ Gratuitous Female Nudity

Waste of time. Unnecessary female nudity. Horrible plot.
Parent of a 10 and 14-year-old Written bySbelli December 23, 2013

Great buddy movie and, other than language, isn't much worse than a PG-13 movie

Other than one brief nudity scene (cover your kids' eyes!), this isn't as bad as many other reviewers made it out to be. The violence is fairly bloodl... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHolyMoly Monopoly September 10, 2019

TV-14 LSV (Language, Sexual Situations, Violence)

Gun battles,
With Denzel Washington.
Watch "2 Guns" anytime.
Teen, 15 years old Written byPierre forget April 17, 2017

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?

Kormákur knows how to direct an '80s-style buddy action comedy full of bullets and explosions, and were the screenplay tighter, this could have kicked off 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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