Find Me Guilty

  • Review Date: June 25, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 125 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dumb Vin Diesel gangster movie isn't for kids.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 125 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gangsters are treated sympathetically and comically, overshadowing their work (murder, racketeering, etc.).

Violence

Opens with a brutal shooting of protagonist (explicit and bloody); afterwards, discussion of violence (shootings, beatings, burials).

Sex

Sexual language and jokes; discussion of unwanted homosexual "advances" interrupted sexual encounter in a prison visiting room.

Language

Frequent use of f-word and other profanities.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking and drinking -.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film begins with a shooting. Following this explicit, bloody violence, the film is mostly talk, as gangsters testify to their experiences in court. The film contains one sex scene (gangster's ex-wife visits him in an interrogation room, where their activity is interrupted by guards). Characters smoke cigarettes and cigars, and drink wine and liquor. The protagonist appears on the toilet in one scene. There is frequent use of "f--k" and other profanity. Courtroom exchanges include slangy references to violence, drug use, and sex.

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What's the story?

FIND ME GUILTY begins as Jackie DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), a middling mobster, is shot in his bed by his junkie cousin Tony (Raúl Esparza). As he recovers, he's called to snitch on his "family," and when he refuses, finds himself convicted of drug charges (a 30-year sentence), then part of the trial against the Lucchese crime family as well. Here he decides to defend himself, occasionally aided by lead attorney Ben Klandis (Peter Dinklage). Jackie strains the patience of the chief prosecutor (Linus Roache) and his fellow defendants, including mob boss Nick Calabrese (Alex Rocco). Not to mention Judge Finestein (Ron Silver), whose efforts to control proceedings fail predictably, as he plays "straight man" to Jackie's antics.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Find Me Guilty's script, reportedly based on actual, unwieldy transcripts, lacks shape, instead delivering a series of disjointed scenes and occasional punch-lines to jokes that aren't very funny. The film's distractions include stilted dialogue, a perversely immobile camera (this from the director, Sidney Lumet, who made the riveting Dog Day Afternoon), and odd show-stopping events). Crowds of defendants fill shots but such images do little to build individual characterizations.

The only woman in sight (aside from Jackie's very loyal and mostly mute daughter) is Jackie's ex, who comes to see him in prison on news that his mother has died (off screen). During her brief and difficult scene (Jackie tries to seduce her in the visiting room), Annabella Sciorra brings a subtlety and intelligence mostly missing from the rest of the film.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the notion of "family" presented here: How do the gangsters see themselves as loyal to one another? How does Jackie's dedication to his "boys" seem to supersede his self-interest? Does the movie glamorize the gangster lifestyle?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 17, 2006
DVD release date:June 27, 2006
Cast:Alex Rocco, Peter Dinklage, Vin Diesel
Director:Sidney Lumet
Studio:Freestyle Releasing
Genre:Drama
Run time:125 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:for strong language and some violence

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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good

Do not recomend for kids my age
Adult Written bybethlthomson April 9, 2008
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for teens

i thinks is for teems to see not for kids to see. beth CA

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