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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Loyalty is a running theme. Garza is betrayed more than once, but he's loyal to his girlfriend, the memory of his dead partner, and, eventually, his protege.
Positive Role Models
Even though a lot of people get killed along the way, Garza does everything he can to find the woman he loves and help friends. Vic's grandfather tells him that he shouldn't judge Garza, because they were immigrants once. Female characters don't have much to do. One young woman says she wants to move to Los Angeles to become a prostitute; others are eye candy.
Violence & Scariness
Violent scenes throughout the film. Several people are shot and killed, including innocent bystanders. Men are set on fire, stabbed, beaten to death, and tortured. A baby plays with bullets. Shoot-out in a hospital nursery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple passionately makes out; sex is implied. The main characters flirt with others. A police officer slaps a woman's butt. A young woman says she wants to become a prostitute.
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Strong language in both Spanish and English includes "f--k," "p---y," and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
In one scene, a group drinks Dos Equis Beer. A character drives an older Mercedes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Garza smokes at the beginning of the movie but gives it up when his girlfriend says she won't kiss him again if he smokes. Garza throws out a cigarette that starts a fire; he then gives a boy a pack of cigarettes when the boy urinates on the fire, putting it out. Various characters drink in bars. A pregnant woman takes a drink of beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Compadres is a convoluted Mexican action comedy that centers on a disgraced cop looking for revenge on a crime lord. There's lots of violent action: Several people are shot to death, set on fire, and tortured. There's a shooting in a nursery, a baby plays with bullets, and a man threatens to shoot a pregnant woman in the stomach. Sexual content includes passionate making out and implied sex, as well as flirting and references to prostitution. Garza smokes, and several characters drink. The movie is primarily in Spanish with English subtitles (though occasionally in English with Spanish subtitles); swearing in both language includes "f--k" and "bitch." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
COMPADRES' convoluted story includes several shoot outs and chase scenes -- and even some genuinely interesting moments, but not enough of them. Chaparro is fun to watch, but he has no chemistry with Morgan, which is too bad, because the second half of Compadres is about the two of them trying to find Santos and Maria. Fans of action-packed crime comedies may enjoy it, but it's not for younger kids or adults squeamish about blood and bullets.
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