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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Gangsters are treated sympathetically and comically, overshadowing their work (murder, racketeering, etc.).
Violence & Scariness
Opens with a brutal shooting of protagonist (explicit and bloody); afterwards, discussion of violence (shootings, beatings, burials).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual language and jokes; discussion of unwanted homosexual "advances" interrupted sexual encounter in a prison visiting room.
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Frequent use of f-word and other profanities.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking -.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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