Parents' Guide to

Four Brothers

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

A rowdy, brutal revenge movie -- not for kids.

Movie R 2005 110 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Who doesn't love a good revenge flick?

I like this movie a lot, there's great performances, there's drama, there's humor, there's suspense, and plenty of intense action
age 16+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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FOUR BROTHERS is upfront about what it is: a rowdy, brutal revenge movie. The brothers' mission -- justice? revenge? havoc? -- leads to all kinds of mayhem, which a sympathetic Lt. Green (super smooth Terrence Howard) condones as "self-defense." Four Brothers practices the sort of chilling logic whereby the good guys' outrageousness looks "decent" compared to cruelty committed by the Head Villain, here Victor Sweet (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the most depraved gangster this side of Jeffrey Wright's psycho killer in Shaft. This is how mean he is: when a fearful councilman (Barry Shabaka Henley) stops by Victor's home to report bad news, the host sends him to sit at the kids' table in the corner.

The shoot-outs are gargantuan, the car chases demented, and the snow storms actually rather arty. One car chase is especially ingenious, in its way, as it's not about the spectacular driving, but about blindness amid swirling snow. The brothers drive on, unable to stop. It's a useful metaphor for the film.

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