All About the Benjamins
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has extremely bad language and very violent shoot-outs. A man is shot point blank in the arm and later tortured. A stun gun is applied to a man's crotch. There are sexual references and situations, including overheard sex. Characters drink and there is a joking reference to drug use.
What's the story?
When bounty-hunter Bucum Jackson (Ice Cube) chases down a con man (Mike Epps), they both get mixed up with $20 million in stolen diamonds and an even more valuable missing lottery ticket.
Is it any good?
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS is to Ice Cube what Crossroads is to Britney Spears, a vanity vehicle designed by a star who has very little sense of how people like the characters in the movie (or the people in the audience) behave in real life. This is like a smudgy copy of a copy, bits and pieces of other movies put together so that the star can pretend to shoot and throw a couple of punches.
Ice Cube, who produced the movie, apparently decided that he would enjoy playing a bounty hunter, and not just any bounty hunter but one who (yawn) doesn't get along with his boss and refuses to take on a partner. The plot is just an excuse for showing off with some smart-alecky comments and shoot-outs. Ice Cube and Epps are able performers with a nice rapport, but they can't do much with this lackluster plot, like the umpteenth re-tread of a reject from the Beverly Hills Cop series.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it was important for Bucum and Reggie to learn to trust each other and what they did to earn each other's trust. Do you agree that it "sounds like a female" to talk about feelings? What do you think they will do next?