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By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Retro London heist caper may not interest kids.

Movie PG-13 2008 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Good clean heist movie

We (me and kids 11 and 14) thought it was an interesting story and appreciated the lack of sexual content and violence. And the language was mostly tame too.
age 12+

An Engaging Caper...

FLAWLESS is a very good movie for adults and teens. It's probably okay for preteens too, but they might be bored by it, since it is set up much like a Hitchcock thriller instead of James Bond. There is one "f**k" in addition to one "d**n" and one "piss". There is lots of drinking and smoking, though none of it is promoted. Though both of the main characters have motives for stealing the diamonds (he becuase of his late wife and her because of her mistreatment by co-workers), make sure kids understand that that doesn t make it right.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

FLAWLESS is a perfectly fine caper film that's undermined by the framing device and moral lesson surrounding it. Moore's clumsy old-age make-up is distracting, and the film's ultimate message feels tacked on and superfluous. The best thing in the film is Caine; who could have imagined that one of the screen's biggest hams would have turned into such a subtle, sly old pro late in his career? Moore is also good -- in the '60s scenes, Laura has a nice mix of toughness and vulnerability, and while there's a hint of romance in the air when handsome investigator Mr. Finch (Lambert Wilson) asks questions about the theft, Moore gets to be defined by who she is, not by the men around her.

Director Michael Radford shoots the heist material with cool competence; making it even more of a shame that he didn't cut screenwriter Edward A. Anderson's clumsy, clunky modern-day sequences that book-end the retro cool of Moore and Caine's unlikely (and unstable) partnership in crime. The film's smoke-wreathed, tweed-clad style looks great, but the best reason to see Flawless is ultimately Caine's top-notch work as Hobbs.

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