Parents' Guide to

Coin Heist

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen heist movie explores ethical dilemmas; some profanity.

Movie NR 2017 97 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Wasted our afternoon on this????

I thought this movie would have SOME potential.... some positive outcome for the kids of the fancy private school who list their endowment. NOPE .... nothing positive happens and the kids are somewhat likeable but not enough to make this movie be enjoyable. The characters are weak - which seems weird that we couldn't find better actors for such a blah movie. I've been to community plays with better young actors!!!! And we kept thinking "the movie will have a positive twist, something to make you feel good in the end". NOPE.... that did not happen. I have no idea who the target market is since it was such blah movie.
age 18+

wow so innapropriate

too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

With the right attitude and manageable expectations, this is an entertaining movie that's equal parts heist and coming-of-age tales. It also manages to ask a similar question raised in Dostoevski's Crime and Punishment: Is it permissible to commit a crime if the good resulting from that crime has the potential to far outweigh the bad? That question alone makes the suspension of disbelief required to swallow such a ludicrous premise a little bit easier. It also manages to balance the differences in style and tone between when this is a heist movie of teens sneaking around the US Mint, and when it's a coming-of-age movie of teens revealing that they're more than the cliquish stereotypes they're known for being in their school.

And the story itself remains interesting enough to go beyond any and all cliches inherent in both of the genres the movie operates within. It's easy to get wrapped up in wondering if or how they're going to pull off robbing the US Mint, and how, if they do somehow succeed, they will use the anticipated money to save their school. Or will they trade in their prep school uniforms for orange prison jumpsuits? There's enough suspense in these questions to maintain interest, and enough teen drama and deeper themes to prevent Coin Heist from losing any momentum.

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