A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Life breaks everyone and some emerge stronger in the broken places, as per Ernest Hemingway.
Positive Role Models
Jack is smug, arrogant, detached, and self confident. He seems to live by a strict code but breaks his own rules frequently.
Violence & Scariness
Men get in a fight and are badly beaten. A woman is shown dead in the morgue. A woman has a black eye and injured hand.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman struts without any clothes (full-frontal nudity). A man and woman have sex in a bathroom stall. Moaning and sex sounds are heard from behind closed doors. Brief glimpse of breasts in a locker room.
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"F--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and marijuana and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Croupier is a dark, adult-themed drama about casino workers, many of whom succumb to gambling habits or collude with players to steal from the casino. A cynical writer seeking to expose the gambling world holds himself above the gamblers he serves until he accepts an offer to help thieves rob the casino. Questionable morals and self delusion are dual themes that may prompt interesting discussions about cheating, integrity, and self esteem with older teens. A man and woman have sex in a public bathroom stall. A woman walks around naked. Brief glimpse of breasts in a locker room. Adults smoke marijuana and cigarettes, and drink alcohol. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Mike Hodges (Get Carter) steers this project about an arrogant anti-hero operating in an ugly environment so steadily that we root for the smug guy even as he betrays his own code. Croupier launched the international movie career of the smoldering Clive Owens (Closer, Children of Men, Inside Man). Tense and contained, he uses his quiet voice and calm demeanor to hide roiling emotions and deep intelligence beneath the surface. Although many plot points may not bear logical scrutiny, the overarching cynicism tell us the whole story. Jack presents himself as an unflappable and experienced veteran, but it turns out that knowledge doesn't offer as much protection from scams as he expected. Jack expects his superior understanding of casino policies to protect him from scheming swindlers, and the movie proves there's no protection.
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