A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In search of an infamous reputation, a central character lies, cheats, and steals -- even though the rep is completely undeserved.
Violence & Scariness
All of the movie's violence is concentrated in its third act: a young criminal gets shot by the cops while fleeing the scene; a police officer is run over by a van as he's about to kill a suspect; a bullet-ridden, slightly bloody body is shown very briefly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several references to a character's adulterous wife; a woman tells her date she expects a sexual favor; a shopkeeper is revealed to have a huge stash of homemade porn.
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Verges on Tarantino territory with more than 50 "f--k"s and dozens of "s--t"s, "c--k"s, and even "c--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Various characters smoke cigarettes and drink at bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this indie crime comedy seems aimed at teenage boys (R rating and all). It focuses on a shiftless guy who can't even commit petty crimes successfully but still ends up with a notorious reputation and a large following in his small town. The language is extremely gratuitous given the comparatively tame subject matter. In the last 20 minutes there are two surprisingly violent (although not graphic) scenes. A few sexual comments are made, including an extended conversation about an extramarital affair and a character's illicit porn collection. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin both wrote for Seinfeld, so it's particularly baffling that their joint feature debut is underwhelming and only occasionally funny. An indie production that won a competition award at the 2007 SXSW Film festival, LIVE FREE OR DIE starts off slow and doesn't gain momentum for a full 40 minutes. The title -- taken from the New Hampshire state motto -- is an explanation of sorts for what happens to the story's antihero, Rugged.
The one bright spot in an otherwise forgettable flick is Zooey Deschanel, who has been a charming and mostly underutilized talent since Almost Famous. Here she stands out as Lagrand's put-upon sister, Cheryl, who can't figure out why her brother is such a dolt. When she rolls her eyes in frustration at the idiocy surrounding her, viewers know exactly how she feels.
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