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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages to be found.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A man is tied to a chair while another man throws a baseball into the air and swings a baseball bat in his direction before inevitably swinging the baseball bat at the man's skull. Man shot and killed at point-blank range, shot in the forehead. Man shot in the crotch before he's shot and killed. Fighting with punches, kicks, head butts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead character has sex with a sex worker in his hotel bed and in his car -- no nudity, very vocal.
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"F--k" used several times. "S--t," "bulls--t," "bitches," "piss." Jokes about penis size. Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the characters is a heroin addict; he's found overdosed in a drug den. Alcohol drinking. Wine drinking. Marijuana smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Score to Settle is a 2019 action movie in which Nicolas Cage plays a mob enforcer released from prison who's looking to get even with those who put him there. Action movie violence incudes the following: A man is tied up and beaten, then killed when another man swings a baseball bat at his skull. A man is shot in the groin before he's shot and killed. Another character is shot and killed at point-blank range. There's fighting with fists, kicks, and head butts, plus frequent profanity, including "f--k" used several times. A character is presented as a recovering drug addict and is later revealed to have already been killed. A character imagines himself going into a drug den and saving the life of his son who has just overdosed with a needle and syringe in his arm. The lead character has sex with a sex worker, first in his hotel bed and then in his car; there's no nudity, but loud moaning throughout. Alcohol drinking and marijuana smoking are seen. 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 so-so action movie has a somewhat interesting storyline marred by various stock characters and clichés and a plot twist that, in hindsight, seems all but inevitable. Nicolas Cage plays Frank, newly released from prison and determined to get even with characters with names like "Jimmy the Dragon" and "The Tank" while also trying to make up for lost time with his now adult son and finding romance in the form of the proverbial "hooker with a heart of gold." This impossible balancing act is further complicated by Frank's impending death due to chronic insomnia. This juggling act between revenge, reconciliation, and romance doesn't quite hold up, and you're left wishing that Frank had simply chosen one of the three and gone from there.
As Frank, Nicolas Cage is, well, Nicolas Cage, for better or worse. During a climactic scene in A Score to Settle, Cage's exasperated repetition of the word "Beef?!" (as in "beef with me") comes off as unintentionally hilarious self-parody, and should inevitably be converted into GIFs and memes sooner rather than later. And yet, you still find yourself rooting for Frank, even if he wasn't the best person before his imprisonment and doesn't seem that much better after his release, aside from efforts at vulnerability with his son and the aforementioned sex worker/love interest. The result is an uneven and somewhat trite movie, and not one of the better works in the Nic Cage canon.
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