A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Looks at moral conflict between taking a little extra to get by and having a decent life vs. having integrity and doing the right thing (the movie very definitely takes the latter side).
Positive Role Models
Andre Davis is shown as a caring man with strong integrity/loyalty to family, who has no tolerance for crooked cops. That said, he's also known as an officer who's not afraid to fire his weapon in the line of duty (he's said to have killed eight perpetrators).
Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns and shooting. Many characters die. Beating with blunt objects. Character's eye shot -- gory face. Blood spurts, gurgling blood. Car crashes. Characters hit by car, bus. Boy at his father's funeral.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief, mild sexual innuendo.
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Strong language, with many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Secondary characters are drug dealers. 300 kilos of cocaine shown. Character tests cocaine quality. Character shows an AA chip and says he needs a scotch. An elderly woman's "meds" are referred to. Background smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 21 Bridges is a drama starring Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) as a New York City detective who's on the trail of cop killers. Expect lots of violence, including guns and shooting, many deaths, someone getting shot through the eye (blood and gore shown), blood spurts, beatings with blunt objects, car crashes, and a young boy enduring his father's funeral. Language is also very strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Cocaine is part of the plot: 300 kilograms are shown, and criminals try to move 50 kilograms of it (one of them tests it for quality). There are references to AA and to prescription medications, as well as background smoking and brief, mild sexual innuendo. Despite some weak parts, the movie has a brisk, vigorous middle section, and it's passable enough entertainment for mature viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This New York City cop action drama has a bit of a stiff start and a somewhat silly ending, but in between, it's a brisk, no-frills entertainment, thanks mainly to Boseman's star charisma. 21 Bridges begins with an attempt to explain young Andre's motivations, which isn't really followed up -- or really needed. Then there's an awkwardly written scene of grown-up Andre being interrogated by Internal Affairs. But after that, things get going very quickly, and director Brian Kirk -- a TV veteran (Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, etc.) making his feature debut -- keeps the ball rolling.
For most of the movie, the action is fairly clean, interactions are brief, and Kirk makes excellent, colorful use of Manhattan, from villains' lairs to the underbellies of restaurants and hotels. Boseman is well paired with Miller, who's tough and relentless while looking a bit shabby and ratty; she certainly isn't defined by her looks or gender. The two cop killers, likewise, are more than just sneering bad guys. They have a history and a shorthand, and they're smart and scared. It's all pretty good until the final showdown, which does have one or two interesting themes but then throws it all away on a rush job. Still, Boseman is commanding from start to finish, and 21 Bridges is a passable enough entertainment for fans of the genre.
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