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The villain is completely reprehensible, a man who preys on anyone, including the weak and the infirm, to make money. The heist -- while used as a device to send messages about standing up for the disenfranchised and remembering your roots -- is basically a plan to rip off a rich person. One character makes chauvinistic statements about women, which one female character seems to find, confusingly enough, attractive. Also, Alejandro makes a living by pirating movies.
Violence & Scariness
Not particularly frequent, but fairly brutal when it happens. In one long scene, Valdez's henchmen beat a man to a pulp (he's later shown spitting up blood); guns are drawn. Early in the movie, Valdez establishes his villain status by menacing an innocent man on the set of an infomercial; he also threatens and hollers a lot. Within the first 15 minutes, there's a close-up of a gun; soon after, a man points it toward Emilio's head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple wakes in bed; later, they kiss passionately. Another couple gropes each other in a bathroom.
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In subtitles; one use of "f--k," plus "damn," "a--hole," "ass," and "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Mercedez Benz; the movie Crash (spelled Crach); the villain makes infomercials and sells products, which are "advertised" in the movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and some smoking in social circumstances (a big party).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this subtitled caper film is warm-hearted and doles out plenty of lessons -- for starters, don't prey on the disenfranchised and don't forget your roots -- it's still about a gang of thieves stealing from someone (even if he is a despicable lowlife). In a Robin Hood way, the movie (like the Ocean's series) glamorizes what's essentially a criminal undertaking, and tweens may not grasp the nuances. In addition to the somewhat salty language (including one "f--k" and the other usual suspects), there are some fairly brutal scenes, especially toward the end, when a man is violently beaten. Characters also make ends meet by stealing (pirating videos and helping themselves to other people's pocket change). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In the age of the Brad Pitt-George Clooney-Matt Damon-branded blockbuster, one wonders if a heist movie without blindingly bright star wattage can succeed; if it's anything like Ladron, it can. Breezy and charming, this Spanish-language film pleases despite -- or perhaps because of -- the absence of tabloid regulars.
It takes plenty of suspension of disbelief to take the movie's heist at face value (too many things have to go exactly right), but director Joe Menendez and screenwriter José Angel Henrickson still manage to entertain. And the cast is fantastic, their rapport refreshingly free of the over-the-top camaraderie that fills the Ocean's movies (both the Clooney and the Sinatra versions).
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