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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The bad guy tries to steal a fortune, and the good guy destroys hundreds of vehicles while threatening to run down scores of pedestrians and policemen, so there's no real positive takeaway here.
Positive Role Models
The main character will do almost anything to rescue his kidnapped wife, even if it involves untold vehicular mayhem.
Violence & Scariness
Near-constant car chases, with too many smashed vehicles (cars, motorcycles, more) to count. They flip, fly, roll, tumble, and are destroyed in many other ways. A few scenes also include shoot-outs, and in one sequence, a woman is violently kidnapped.
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Language is mainly variations on "s--t," "ass," and "hell," with one possible use of "f--k" and a crude finger gesture thrown in, plus "damn," "crap," "oh my God," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Several Apple products have prominent roles, including an iPhone, an iPad, and a Mac laptop. The star of the film is a customized Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake sports car, with the logo and brand name appearing all through the movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The villain savors a martini while choreographing the mayhem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Getaway is a near-nonstop car chase from beginning to end. Ethan Hawke stars as a former race car driver whose wife has been kidnapped. The villain instructs him to drive a customized sports car on a specific route, plowing through crowded pedestrian malls, eluding the cops, causing all sorts of mayhem, and destroying too many vehicles to count. Selena Gomez co-stars as an unwilling passenger who becomes his ally. There's a bit of swearing ("s--t," "ass," etc.) and some serious product placement for the Shelby Super Snake -- the muscle car that's the real star of the film -- but the real issue is the constant loud crashing and destruction. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
To start, Speed did a better job making a movie about a vehicular hostage situation than GETAWAY does. It starts with a car chase, it ends with a car chase, and there's very little in between except more car chases. And car crashes. (Okay, there are also motorcycles.) It's about 90 minutes of action sequences, barely held together with a plot; don't think too hard about it, because the story doesn't hold up to even the most cursory examination. (A city downed by a power outage suddenly appears to have power, and just how much damage can that car take?) We learn almost nothing about the characters except that Brent loves his wife and wants her back. And that he's a former race car driver (with a shady past, though we don't know what that means) and is still a good driver. But that's not enough of a reason to root for him to drive his way out of trouble.
Speaking of driving -- the action sequences start out pretty gripping, but there are only so many ways to destroy a car, and we eventually see them all, usually more than once. So it doesn't take too long before they get boring. The movie ends on a note that suggests a sequel may be in the offing, but at this rate, there may not be enough gas to power that drive.
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