After the Sunset

 
Unappealing characters and a dumb story. Skip it.
  • Review Date: March 28, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters are jewel thieves and the story includes lying and betrayal.

Violence

Fighting, gunplay, character killed.

Sex

Sexual references and situations, anti-gay humor.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking, reference to drug dealing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong sexual references and situations for a PG-13. Characters drink, smoke, and use strong language. A character is a drug dealer. There is fighting and gunplay. Characters are shot, and one is killed. The main characters are jewel thieves and the story includes lying and betrayal. The movie is oddly homophobic, with humor built on misinterpreted situations. A strength of the movie is positive portrayals of female and minority characters and inter-racial relationships.

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What's the story?

Max (Pierce Brosnan)and Lola (Salma Hayek) are master thieves with tons of panache and style, specializing in unbreakable alibis and sending champagne and hookers to the hapless FBI agent who has been chasing them for seven years. Max and Lola are blissfully retired to a beautiful Caribbean Island, preparing for their wedding. At least Lola is pretty blissful. Max is not adjusting quite as well. He hasn't managed to write his vows or find a hobby. And then come two arrivals -- that FBI agent (Woody Harrelson as Stan Lloyd) and the third Napoleon diamond, the only one Max and Lola haven't stolen ... yet. Max knows he shouldn't steal it. But the local crime boss (Don Cheadle) wants him to get it to finance his expansion. Max has never managed to find a hobby. And that unbeatable security system is just sitting there, asking to be beaten.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

AFTER THE SUNSET features two of the most glorious sights on earth -- Paradise Island and Salma Hayek in a bikini. Unfortunately, it keeps putting unappealing characters and a dumb story in front of them. Besides that, the jokes aren't funny, the romantic encounters are unpersuasive, the pacing sags and drags, and the characters get less appealing as each minute goes by. In one scene, for no possible logical reason, Max agrees to go out for a day of fishing with Stan. This provides an opportunity for a leaden episode about catching a shark that ends with Stan shooting it because it presents such a danger while it gasps for breath on the deck. The shark's misery has nothing on ours.

There is also an excruciating scene in which Stan and Max rub sunblock on each other's backs, which sends them into a homosexual panic, setting up an ugly situation later on when they end up in bed together (on the flimsiest of premises) and Stan's FBI colleagues draw the "wrong" conclusion. It's supposed to be funny that the crime boss talks about his work in humanitarian terms, "providing diversion for the underprivileged" with hookers and drugs as he pursues a vision of free love inspired by the songs of the Mamas and Papas. Nope. And it is supposed to be charming that Lola and the local law enforcement officer (Naomie Harris of 28 Days Later) trade compliments on a revolver and a pair of Chanel shoes. Not really.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Lola and Max had different attitudes toward retirement. Are you or aren't you the kind of person who enjoys watching a sunset? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 12, 2004
DVD release date:March 29, 2005
Cast:Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson
Director:Brett Ratner
Studio:New Line
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexuality, violence and language.

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Parent of a 9 year old Written byrobinpeggy April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

couldn't even watch it on a plane

I can sit through almost anything to pass the time on a 6-hour flight. This one put me over the edge. I usually like the three main actors, but this was stupid beyond belief. Not recommended for kids OR their parents.
Educator Written byKC4 August 7, 2010
age 16+
 

Too sexy

The female lead wears some very revealing tops, bikinis, bra/underwear. Another scene with women pole dancing in the background and women dressed in very skimpy bikinis walking with a male character. Sexual scenes. I would not let my children watch mostly because of that. Minor violence (some punches, etc. during break-ins).
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Too much sex
Adult Written bychangster.eminem February 8, 2010
age 13+
 

Skip the Movie. It Sucks!

Rather pointless movie. Pretty much all sex.
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Too much sex

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