Parents' Guide to

Miami Vice

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark, violent update of TV series. Not for kids.

Movie R 2006 135 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Not a bad film, but it could’ve been better.

When I watched this film a few weeks ago for some inspiration for an animation project I was doing, I was pretty impressed by what direction director Michael Mann went with the film. I was impressed by the acting from Jamie Foxx (Tubbs) and Colin Farrell (Crockett), the action and the soundtrack. I was kinda impressed by the film’s story but I thought it could be better, and I thought that the films version of Tubbs wasn’t as cynical as he was in the show. I also was pretty disappointed with how the movie didn’t have a version of the show’s theme. Warning: the movie can get very violent, mainly in the scenes where a character commits suicide by going in front of a semi-truck and the final shootout with the .50 caliber sniper rifle. The violence also includes Tubbs shooting a drug dealer at close range with a grenade launcher with a lot of blood shown. There’s also a lot of talk about drug dealings and prostitution. In my opinion, I think that the movie can be alright for a 13 year old with a parent present and a 15 year old by him or her self.

This title has:

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

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (2):

An action movie that's actually not very interested in action, Michael Mann's Miami Vice is mostly smart, occasionally slowed by clichéd plot turns. The film version is more violent and less upbeat than the 1980's TV series, exploring the ways that an expanding international economy of drugs, weapons, and money takes its toll on everyone, even those who try to fight back.

While the shift in focus to Sonny's involvement with Isabelle is actually brief -- the movie soon returns to its more regular business of shooting and dealing -- it reshapes what's at stake. Tubbs worries whether his buddy is in "too deep": "There's undercover," Rico observes, "and then there's 'Which way is up?'" This question of perspective is embodied by the elusive Isabella. While the movie offers the usual line-blurring between cops and criminals, her dislocation is never resolved.

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