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Brooklyn Rules

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Predictable mob movie is too violent for kids.

Movie R 2007 99 minutes
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Nostalgic mafia sagas are familiar stories by now, and Brooklyn Rules doesn't break any new ground. Shot in 2004, director Michael Corrente's movie is heavy on local accents and bloody noses, but light on complexity and creativity. A couple of crises force Michael to face some consequences and, apparently, engage in gangster movie clichés -- including the Showdown in the Men's Room, the Poignant Final Prayer, and the Overhead Shots of Bloody Bodies. Michael understands that the "wiseguy" life isn't for him, but still the movie makes him consider it, with archival TV footage of John Gotti and Paul Castellano establishing cursory historical context.

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