Ocean's Twelve

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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A top-rate cast makes up for the thin plot.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 106 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The movie's heroes are thieves and liars who joke about not having any morals.


Tense scenes, some peril.


Mild, non-explicit sexual references.


Some bad words.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this heist film has a few bad words and some mild, non-explicit sexual references. Characters drink and smoke, and of course most of the movie's heroes are thieves and liars who joke about not having any morals.

User Reviews

Parent of a 11 and 11 year old Written byLaurenmfrancis August 12, 2011


Great movie for the kids and parents!!!
Adult Written bympcorvette April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bytarquinius623 March 20, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written bystar April 9, 2008

Good but not as good as the first one.

The Oceans Twelve had the most adult humor I have ever seen in a movie but still I thought it was good.

What's the story?

OCEAN'S TWELVE kicks off with a brisk update on what has been going on with each of the eleven who robbed three Las Vegas casinos in the first film. The man they robbed, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), has tracked them all down, from Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his wife, Tess (Julia Roberts) on down to the bickering Molloy brothers (Scott Caan and Casey Affleck). And he gives them two weeks to pay it all back, with interest. That means it's time to go back to work. They pull off a quick heist in Amsterdam, but it turns out to be the first step in a much larger job, the usual irreplaceable treasure in the usual impenetrable setting. There is a complication, too -- they are competing with the most successful thief in the world, a fabulously wealthy and remarkably agile Frenchman with a title who has a personal reason for making sure they are not successful. There is another complication as well. Rusty (Brad Pitt) has a romantic entanglement with Isabel (Catherine Zeta Jones), an Interpol agent whose job is catching thieves.

Is it any good?

The problem with this sequel is that it counts too much on having us on the side of the thieves because of the first film and just because we love the performers. But it works against our loyalty by violating the first rule of heist movies in that the resolution is not entirely satisfying. The motivation of one of the key characters is just silly, and the twists are telegraphed in advance. While Ocean's Eleven had great characters and a very clever plot with a heist that had you saying "Oh, THAT'S how they did it" on the way back to your car, this one has great characters and a thin plot that gets stretched even thinner.

But the sly by-play from the returning players is enjoyable, there's a witty cameo by Topher Grace, and Eddie Izzard and Robbie Coltrane are a pleasure, as always, in small roles. Catherine Zeta-Jones and some surprise new additions are fine but it's our old friends who, true to form, well, steal the show, with dialogue as cool and contrapuntal as a jazz riff.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's hard for Danny to give up being a thief. Why are Tess and Isabel drawn to men who do not tell the truth? Why are movie audiences drawn to them? What matters to each of the eleven? What would you do if you had $16 million?

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