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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Extremely violent with prolonged and extensive and explicit gunfights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very explicit sexual situations and references, no nudity.
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Extremely strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent, at a level that would have received an X-rating just a few years ago. The movie also has very strong language, bathroom humor, and sexual references and situations (explicit, but no nudity). Couples have sex immediately after they meet. Many characters are killers and thieves to the point of preposterousness. They deceive and betray one another and they kill carelessly and recklessly. A child is an incorrigible thief. He is repeatedly exposed to extreme violence and sexual activity and he is both abandoned and kidnapped. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie makes a bad mistake: The heist is out of the way too quickly. We don't get to see them plan -- we just get to see them bicker on the way there. That means the rest of the movie feels anticlimactic, taking far too much time with post-heist schemes and betrayals. Despite some clever cinematography, fast-paced editing, and the never-ending appeal of Elvis and Elvis impersonators, 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND never rises above average.
The rumor is that Costner and Russell battled over the final cut of the film and even tested two different versions. This one may have been a compromise, because there are some plot holes that appear to have been set up to be resolved, but just got left hanging when it was recut. Or, it may be that writer/director Demien Lichtenstein was more interested in jazzy images and explosions than he was in the plot. Many who see this movie will feel the same way.
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