Parents' Guide to

Army of One

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bizarre comic caper has language, drinking, drugs.

Movie R 2016 93 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Cage is captivating if you can go with it

Nicholas Cage gives a performance that in my opinion allows the audience to believe that what the main character believes he truly believes - that God wants him to go to Pakistan and bring back Osama Bin Laden for justice and stuff. There is swearing, drug use and God being portrayed by Russel Brand all of which may offend many and you might want your kids to avoid because of this. If you feel that sometimes these things can be appropriate if used correctly in an artistic context then this film could be up your street. It is a film that brims with human feeling and earnest endeavour to do what’s right even when people doubt you. It offers great opportunities to discuss with teens about how people treat each other and what dreams are worth following. Mainly though it’s a great laugh, give it chance and you might find a real nugget!

This title has:

Great messages
age 13+

Funny and awesome!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Though it's more amusing than funny, more bizarre than quirky, and presents a real-life oddball who doesn't merit 93 minutes of an audience's time, Nicolas Cage almost makes this loony film work. He's successfully channeled the real Gary Faulkner's peculiar persona, and he's fully committed himself to this role, the first after a long acting drought in which he's starred only in forgettable shoot-em-ups and crime stories. Army of One is an uneven movie. The first half with its budding, sweet romance between two lost souls and Faulkner's early efforts to get his mission going is promising. When Gary gets to Pakistan, however, it becomes repetitious and ludicrous. How long can one man walk the streets hoping to have an important clue fall out of the sky? It's a good thing the filmmakers didn't tell the whole story, because Gary Faulkner made the trip to Pakistan more than a dozen times.

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