Law Abiding Citizen

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent vengeance thriller has lots of bloody brutality.

R 2009 102 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 16 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Plot Sinking Edgelordism

"There's about one humorous moment in the entire film, ""That's what wrenches are for, dumbass!"" The rest of the film takes itself way too seriously, but is still a slick action/thriller film. Ending was just awful. A big issue in the film and part of the reason why it's hard to take seriously is that the ""villain"" (more of an ""anti-villain"") relies on a masterplan that has way too many potential points of failure... And if it does fail, it's game over-no flexibility and virtually no room for error. The main plot was so inconceivable to the point of being totally ludicrous. This would be fine if the film wasn't so serious about itself, but it is... From the opening scenes right to the end. Accusations that this film is merely torture porn are misleading. Comparing this film to the likes of SAW is like comparing Teletubbies to The Human Centipede. While some scenes may make you squirm and cringe in anticipation, nothing all that graphic or prolonged is shown. If anything, it's very tame considering its subject matter. This isn't a criticism however, the action and death scenes are still entertaining without being needlessly exploitative. You can watch easily on a full stomach. Strong performances from both the main stars and lots of good lines, but the plot does them no *ahem* justice."

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

21+ for rape, nudity, violence,

When they are going to arrest him, he is completely naked. No genitals seen. The reason that Gerard Butler is killing people is because a man raped and killed his wife. We do not see a rape scene, but it is implied. A woman is seen lying on a mattress, appearing to be asleep. She is wearing a thong and her butt is shown, but not in close-up. In a sequence, the main character removes all of his clothing, but the scene is dark, and only his bare chest and backside are shown. He is seen shirtless shortly after too, in bright light.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 16, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: February 16, 2010
  • Cast: Colm Meaney, Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx
  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Studio: Overture Films
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
  • Last updated: June 6, 2022

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