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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heist film with reliable plot. Teens OK.

Movie PG-13 1999 113 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Wait till there a little older

With a movie about steeling and the bad guys are good and the good guys are bad, I can't see this movie being anygood for kids under 13. I found the language even a bit much in this movie: with use of sh*t used 6 times, b*tch used twice, bast*rd used twice and f*ck used once. Also a man can be seen smoking out of a hooka and people are seen drinking whiskey and beer. Although there is no nudity in one scene the main women charater is in bed naked, nothing but her bare back and cleavage can be seen. With a PG-13 rating I still say wait till the kids are at least 14.

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Too much violence
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age 13+

Quite average...

Entrapment is a decent thriller that doesn't stink, but it doesn't accomplish much of anything either. Everything in the movie ranges from slightly below average to average, and you shouldn't go out if your way to see it. The good news is that there isn't much to object to in it. The violence is very mild and consists of more flat-out action (chases, stunts) than definition violence. There is a sizeable amount if language including one f word and several uses of "b--ch", but other than that it's mild. Zeta-jones lies naked in bed to seduce Connery, (nothing is shown), but he refuses to "get personal."

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Connery, who also co-produced, delivers the goods in true movie star fashion, making wooden dialogue seem deliciously roguish. Zeta Jones has appealing grace and spirit as well as breathtaking beauty. Three separate heist scenes are fresh and stylish. There are some cool gadgets. But the plot has holes that leave viewers saying, "Hey, wait a minute." The characters never create any real chemistry with each other, in part because he is decades older than she is. Worse, they never create any chemistry with the viewers. There is something a little chilling about characters who steal without any consideration whatsoever for the impact on others. In some heist films, the characters gain sympathy by stealing from someone who stole the money in the first place (The Sting) or in order to protect someone (How to Steal a Million). But in Entrapment, they seem to be doing it for no particular reason other than a sort of Everest-like "because it's there."

A heist film is one of Hollywood's most reliable plots. Heist movies are terrific examples of problem solving, as they lay out exactly what the obstacles are, come up with strategies to address each one, and then come up with back-up strategies for the inevitable problems and mistakes. ENTRAPMENT has caught the look and feel, but not the heart, of classics like Topkapi and To Catch a Thief.

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