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Inside Man

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Smart heist movie is not for children.

Movie R 2006 129 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+


Lots of bad language but otherwise more like an intense PG-13 movie.
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

good movie 12 and over

very good movie almost as good as oceans eleven very smart worth watching 12 and over kids wont under stand it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Tense, showy, and shrewd, Inside Man is Spike Lee's most accessible film, but that's not what makes it brainy or galvanizing. Indeed, its cleverest moments involve odd and telling details: The credits sequence use of "Chaiyya Chaiyya," the white-guy who recognizes but cannot translate Albanian language, and perhaps most energetically, the Sikh who resents being profiled as "Arab."

While the heisty plot includes the sorts of cunning turns familiar since Die Hard, its more compelling aspect is its New Yorkness. The city is everywhere in the film, outside and inside, but mostly, it's the incisive focus, impetus, and consequence. In between the figuring and plotting, the film flash-forwards to exit interviews with the hostage as Mitch and Keith press them to confess their collaboration. This array -- anxious, audacious, arrogant -- is clearly made up for "New York" embodiments, persevering, traumatized, post-9/11. Competing traumas, leveling oppressions, comparable resiliences. It's definitely New York.

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