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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes the idea that manhood is based on bodybuilding, swagger, and pushing people around. Tries to suggest that this is irreverent and cool. Objectification of women.
Positive Role Models
The bad guys are slightly more likable than the good guys, but they're hardly admirable, since they're thieves and killers. The good guys are shown to be bullies and misogynists who care little for the lives of others. Women are objectified throughout, and there are racially charged remarks.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns and shooting. Characters are shot, with bloody wounds. Taser used. Sleeper hold applied. Beating, punching. Characters die. Main character argues/fights with his wife; she pushes and slaps him. The main character bullies and intimidates people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief female nudity (a naked woman runs off screen, trying to cover up; she's seen mostly from the back). Suggested sexual situations. Women appear to be strippers, wearing revealing clothing and performing for men. Strong sexual innuendo.
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Near-constant use of "f--k," plus "motherf----r," "s--t," "t-ts," "p---y," the "N" word, "a--hole," "ass," "piss," "sucks."
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Products & Purchases
Coke is mentioned, and a Coke machine is shown. Carl's Jr. paper bag shown. Pepto-Bismol shown and mentioned. SPAM mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character is sometimes hung over; he seems to drink frequently. Cigarette smoking. Plenty of social drinking in bars, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Den of Thieves is a heist thriller starring Gerard Butler that focuses on a group of robbers and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The bad guys end up being more sympathetic than the good guys, who are hard-drinking bullies who objectify women. It's also really violent: Expect to see lots of guns and shooting, plus bloody wounds, punching and beating, arguing, and bullying. Language is extremely strong and almost constant, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "p---y," and more. There's brief partial nudity, as well as suggested sexual situations and partially clad women who appear to be strippers. The main character sometimes acts hungover and seems to drink a great deal. There's lots of social drinking in general, and the main character also smokes cigarettes. The movie sends problematic messages about manhood (i.e., it's all about bodybuilding, swagger, and pushing people around), and some characters make racially charged remarks. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In this long, dull, repetitive heist movie, the thieves are somewhat likable and the good guys are largely repulsive. And it doesn't even seem intentional; it's more like a wrongheaded attempt to be cool. Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen) serves up Butler as a creepy, disagreeable "good guy" who bullies people and questions suspects in hotel rooms filled with booze and strippers. At his worst, Big Nick harasses and intimidates his wife and her friends after she's filed divorce papers against him. Gudegast seems impressed by his character's irreverence, but it's really just distasteful.
On the other hand, Schreiber's Merrimen treats his men with tough love but nevertheless like a family, and he's clearly more sympathetic. In addition to failing to acknowledge this discrepancy, Gudegast drags Den of Thieves out to a soul-draining 140 minutes by repeating information again and again, in nearly every scene. He kills potential suspense with poor editing choices and opens and closes the movie with interminable shoot-outs in which plenty of men fire guns but few things actually seem to get shot. The heist itself has some good ideas, and there might have been a better, shorter movie within this behemoth. But ultimately, this Den of Thieves was robbed.
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