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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This one really has no messages; characters are just trying to kill one another (and largely succeed). Death doesn't seem to mean much here.
Positive Role Models
Officer Valerie Young, said to be a rookie, seems the most responsible character. She gets along well with everyone, appears to be the most prepared for a disaster. She thinks and acts with confidence. But she has something of a gun fetish (she practices her quick draw) and has a play gunfight with another officer, she spends a good portion of the movie wounded, and she doesn't really seem too affected by the insane, brutal violence she witnesses (and is a part of).
Two White men are top-billed, but Valerie Young, a Black woman, is clearly the main character. She's clever, capable, resilient, able to think clearly in a crisis. The precinct also has a Black male sergeant who yells a lot but takes his job seriously. Remaining cast consists of White males.
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Violence & Scariness
Extremely strong, over-the-top violence. Lots of guns and shooting. Cops even play with their guns in one scene, having a pretend shoot-out. Many characters are killed; dead bodies shown. Heavy blood and gore, bloody wounds, blood spurts, etc. Huge blood spatter on window. Knife/stabbing. Car chase. Fighting, punching. Character with bad stomach wound, lots of blood. Another character is beaten to a pulp, gurgling blood. Person given tracheotomy, with spewing blood. Shocking people with stun gun/taser. Setting dislocated jaw (with a huge "crack"). Car crash. Exploding car. Fire and explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character fogs up a window and draws a penis. Sex-related dialogue.
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Extremely strong, frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "a--hole," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "ass," "badass," "ass bag," "d--k," "goddamn," "damn," idiot," "stupid," "whack job," and exclamatory use of "Jesus."
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Products & Purchases
Fireball whiskey mentioned. Hot Pocket mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A crooked cop steals drugs from the evidence room; drugs in packets shown. Dialogue about selling drugs. A drunk character sleeps it off in prison, wakes up, vomits. He mentions a hangover. Another character pretends to be a drunk driver.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Copshop is an over-the-top, violent action movie starring Gerard Butler in which everybody tries to shoot everybody else over the course of one night in a police station in Nevada. Expect lots of guns, deaths and dead bodies, gore, bloody wounds, blood sprays, stabbing, fighting, punching, a tracheotomy, stun guns, fire, explosions, and more. Language is also very strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "a--hole," and much more. One character is a crooked cop who steals bags of drugs from the evidence room, and there's dialogue about selling drugs. Another character is drunk and sleeping in a cell; he vomits and talks about his hangover. A third pretends to be a drunk driver. A character fogs up a window and draws a penis, and there's sex-related dialogue. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Filled with fun, pulpy characters, Joe Carnahan's bloody crime tale relies on increasingly ludicrous story developments, but its wild momentum carries it through and makes it all easy to forgive. Re-teaming with Grillo immediately following their entertaining Boss Level, Carnahan adopts a Tarantino-y approach to Copshop, using one location in a tight, effective way and painting the characters in bold, broad strokes, quickly defining them before the shooting starts. The characters are an interesting mix of types: big city and small town, high and low, decent and shady.
Grillo seems to be having the most fun, disappearing into his character's wardrobe, impressive hairstyle, and sly voice. But Huss steals the show as the assassin with a genteel Southern accent and a psychopath's crackle. Meawhile, Louder's Valerie Young is the movie's real hero, and she doesn't let that go to waste. She displays courage and quick wit without ever becoming dull. She's a cool gunslinger we'd like to see again. In the end, Copshop isn't much more than an extended (and much bloodier) Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon, but it has enough sheer energy to careen through its 109 minutes without wearing out its welcome.
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