Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Outlaw brothers wage war in violent Prohibition drama.

R 2012 115 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 17+

Prohibition drama riddled with bullets and accents

Here's the positive thing about "Lawless": it won't make you hate Shia LaBeouf more than you already do. The actor actually carries the film quite well, and instead of the macho manly man like a lot of films in this genre put their main character as, he's a bit of a hotheaded weakling, who in the first 2/3 just seems to be the punching bag of everyone around him. Tom Hardy (when does he ever hit a wrong note, even when he shows little emotion?) plays the macho man, but not like his Bronson that catapulted him into fame. This is a man that crosses you when YOU cross him first, and he aims to silence. The third brother (poor Jason Clarke doesn't have too much to do besides being drunk and angry) is loyal but volatile, and this trio of siblings are moonshine sellers. When a slimy "special deputy" comes to get in on their racket and Hardy refuses, the war begins, and much, much blood is begot. I was surprised at how much violence there was in this film, though appropriate of the topic matter. There are underdeveloped characters, and some gaps that needed filling, but this is in tone with John Hillcoat's last dark, dreary film "The Road," but "Lawless" needs more of that character development and less unnecessary violence that doesn't serve a huge purpose (and a totally unneeded sex scene that just wastes time and exploits Chastain).

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

brothers who became outlaws, outlaws who became heroes

this is one of the best gangster movies I've seen in a while and one of my top three faves, the only downside is that Gary oldman didn't have much screen time, it would've been great to see more of him considering the entrance he had, also, I wonder when the director's cut with the nastier footage will be released, I remember an interview where tom hardy mentioned that it shocked him lol. anyway, I knew I'd be in for something great when I saw the trailer and it delivered as promised, it's a great ensemble flick full of great performances, intense action, suspense, blood, gore, and mayhem that I highly recommend

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