A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Try not to lose your sense of self while doing your time in prison. Be smart about angering guards and officers of the law. Speak out against unjust treatment of inmates and prisoners. Give back to the community when free and able.
Positive Role Models
Even though Quawntay Adams was a criminal and escaped from prison, his crime was only for intent to possess a large amount of marijuana. But he gave himself up after escaping prison, willingly served his time, and later fought his case for a reduced sentence. Now out of prison and a free man, he tells his story, inspires others as a motivational speaker, and runs a nonprofit called "The Chasin' Freedum Foundation," which provides support for inmates with nonviolent drug offenses.
The main character is a Black American man, and other characters are Black and White. Most characterizations are conventional and some people might find them stereotypical.
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Violence & Scariness
There are more than a few scenes of police brutality and guards abusing their power over inmates. An inmate begs for medication and treatment but is denied and instead handcuffed to his bed in his cell. He later kills himself by cutting his wrists and bleeding out. Many fights break out between guards and inmates. A prison warden punches and beats an inmate. Guards taser inmates. A guard chokes an inmate. Guards and a warden taunt and bait inmates to act out so they can beat them, throw them in solitary confinement, and punish them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some vague adult commentary about what kind of women are attractive and desirable. A man and a woman talk intimately on the phone.
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Strong language throughout includes all forms of "f--k," including "motherf--ker," "s--t," "p---y," "goddamn," "ass," "bitch," the "N" word, "ho," "bastard," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Men try to buy a significant amount of marijuana. A father gives his young boy a brick of marijuana and tells him to hide it. Adults discuss getting caught for drug possession. A man drinks shots of some kind of alcohol and looks drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bosco is a drama based on a true story about Quawntay Adams, a young man who was caught trying to possess a large quantity of marijuana. His sentence was an unjust 35 years. He would later escape from prison in an incredible fashion. There are many scenes of police brutality, guards and a warden abusing their power and punching, kicking, and beating inmates, taunting and baiting inmates, and denying inmates basic rights, like treatment and medication for mental health issues. An inmate kills himself by cutting his wrists and bleeding out while handcuffed to his bed in his cell. Multiple fights break out between guards and inmates. Guards taser inmates a few times. Blood is often shown on walls, ceilings, and the floor. Strong language throughout includes all forms of "f--k," including "motherf--ker," "s--t," "p---y," "goddamn," "ass," "bitch," the "N" word, "ho," "bastard," and "hell." Men try to buy a significant amount of marijuana. A father gives his young boy a brick of marijuana and tells him to hide it. Adults discuss getting caught for drug possession. A man drinks shots of some kind of alcohol and looks drunk. 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 performances are very good in this prison escape drama. Aubry Joseph (Quawntay Adams) shows a depth and integrity that grounds Bosco in reality, and the supporting cast, from Tyrese Gibson (Adams's father) and Vivica A. Fox (Adams's mother) to Thomas Jane (the warden) and John Lewis (the Bull), are all excellent. Running a bit over 90 minutes, the pacing is quick, but the film lingers long enough and spends plenty of time simply being with Adams in his cell, which helps show the kind of solitude he experienced, the containment of his body and mind that daily threatened his hope and sense of dignity. Unflinchingly showing how callous and brutal guards and the warden were toward inmates, this dramatic thriller also shines a brief unapologetic light on injustices within prison culture between police, guards, and inmates, as well as the unfair severity of Adams's 35-year sentence for his nonviolent drug offense crime.
But this film isn't perfect. The true-story finale is given away in the very beginning as if to implore the viewer to stick around to watch just how Adams manages to escape a maximum-security prison, but the final act feels rushed and unsatisfying. The entire setup prepares the viewer for a thrilling escape to freedom, which then quickly and summarily ends without much pomp or circumstance, which in this context, most viewers will desire after having watched over an hour of careful preparation, planning, deception, and strategizing. It would be like if Andy in The Shawshank Redemption, right after escaping, simply turns himself back in a day later, only to find himself staring up at his prison cell walls after years of careful planning, his dreams fulfilled and then thrown away. Bosco simply doesn't quite stick the landing, rushing to the epilogue right after Adams is back in prison, wherein viewers are treated with the truth of what the real Adams is up to now.
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