A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages in dated '90s action-comedy.
Positive Role Models
Unrealistic characters in an unrealistic story in over-the-top action comedy.
Violence & Scariness
Action movie violence throughout. A prison bus blows up, and assailants pull up and gun everyone down except for the villain and main character. A helicopter blows up. Shoot outs. Car chases. Characters pistol whipped. Characters punched and beaten. Character killed when stadium lights are knocked over and fall on him. One of the characters sits inside a stadium and shoots a rocket launcher at the bad guys. One of the characters keeps an arsenal of weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gratuitous close-up of a woman's rear end in a thong and fishnets.
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Constant profanity throughout. "F--k" often used. "S--t" often used. "Motherf---er" used several times. "N" word used a few times. Also: "a--hole," "bulls--t," "ass," "punk-ass," "thick-ass," "son of a bitch," "p---y," "goddamn," "damn," "pissed," "pr--k," "limp-d--k." Middle finger gesture. Italian racial slurs to describe African Americans used twice. Also: "wanker," "stiffy."
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Products & Purchases
Coors Light and Corona signs prominent in a bar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Martini drinking, champagne drinking, beer drinking. Cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Money Talks is a 1997 action-comedy in which Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen play an unlikely pair who must survive and somehow stop a violent gang of smugglers. The profanity is wide-ranging and nonstop, including "f--k," "motherf---er," and the "N" word. Slurs are also used. Expect lots of action movie violence, including massive shootouts between the good and bad guys, fighting with everything from fists to guns to rocket launchers. Machine gun-wielding bad guys stop a prison bus and kill everyone on it except for two people before blowing it up. Helicopters explode. Character killed by falling stadium lights. In one scene, there's a close-up shot of a woman's buttocks in a thong and fishnets. Martini, champagne, beer drinking. Cigar smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Failed chemistry, trite storyline, and dated, but not in a good way. That more or less sums up Money Talks, one of those '90s action-comedies that operates under the assumption that if everything is as exaggerated and over the top as possible -- be it the language, violence, or comedy through shouting -- surely something will work. Of course, movies like these aren't supposed to be groundbreaking cinema of breathtaking originality, but there's a point when all this movie seems to be is an endless succession of explosions, shouted profanities, and something about a missing diamond stash. Overall, this outdated bombast is more likely to induce a headache rather than provoke any laughter.
Playing the "unlikely partners," Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen aren't as bad as one might suspect, but it's nothing special, either. Tucker has his moments, but they're few and far between, with so much of his trademark shouting given free rein. With director Brett Ratner, this almost feels like a practice run for the Rush Hour movies they would make together in the near future. There's a running joke involving the 1940s and '50s Italian crooner Vic Damone that almost works due to the utter absurdity of the premise, but it's soon run into the ground faster than it takes jokes to be exhausted in the lesser works of Sir Adam Sandler. It's supposed to be mindless entertainment, but it comes across more as a dated throwback to everything terrible that was hatched out of the bombastically-stupid blockbuster movies of the 1990s.
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