Parker

  • Review Date: January 24, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 118 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Generic action flick has high body count, predictable plot.
  • Review Date: January 24, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 118 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's no honor among thieves here, not when a gang of criminals double-crosses Parker, takes his cut from a big heist, and leaves him for dead. But nothing makes Parker (a thief, but an "honorable" one) more angry than people who don't keep their word; he tracks down his former colleagues to teach them a lesson about honesty. 

Positive role models

Parker is a career thief, but he's got a personal moral code: He doesn't steal from people who can't afford it and he won't hurt people who don't deserve it. That gives him a lot of leeway to break the law, and he leaves plenty of dead bodies in his wake. His co-star, played by Jennifer Lopez, is a regular person who gets herself swept up in Parker's latest plot, hoping for a piece of the action even though she's well aware it's not going to be by legal means.

Violence

Plenty of action, and most of it leaves people dead. There are shootouts, fist fights, car crashes, even a shootout/fist fight inside a car that's about to crash. Parker isn't invincible and is left battered and bloody by several of these encounters, but his opponents come out even bloodier, and usually dead. In one particularly intense knife fight, there's a close-up the blade going all the way through a man's hand, but the other guy still comes off worse.

Sex

Brief shots of topless women; Lopez strips to her underwear (so Parker can get make sure she's not wearing a wire). Lopez flirts heavily with Parker, but as her advances get more explicit, he shows no interest.

Language

Very frequent strong swearing, mostly "f--k," which punctuates almost every exchange between the criminals, as well as several variations of "s--t," plus "ass," "d--k," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism

Parker spends much of the film driving around in a Bentley convertible, while Lopez bemoans the fact that her Mazda is about to be repossessed. Other scenes feature Ford vehicles. Several characters use Apple computers and iPhones, and the bad guys like to drink Budweiser beer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some scenes show guys drinking beer, and Lopez has a taste for white wine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Parker focuses on a career thief (Jason Statham) bent on revenge after his gang double crosses him and leaves him for dead. His quest for vengeance leaves a body count in his wake. There are also lots of intense fight scenes, involving guns, knives, fists, and even a few pieces of furniture, and there's plenty of blood. Some of the characters drink, and most of them swear throughout the film, managing to weave "f--k" (and more) into even everyday conversation. There are brief flashes of nudity, though the film is surprisingly devoid of romance, even with co-star Jennifer Lopez trying her best to seduce Parker.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Parker (Jason Statham) is a career criminal on the hunt for his former gang, the men who double-crossed him after a huge heist, stole his share, and left him for dead. Parker has a code, you see, and he can't abide by people who don't keep their word. Eventually, he tracks his quarry to Palm Beach, where he hooks up with a local real estate agent (Jennifer Lopez) who helps him find the house where the gang is holed up, cooking up their next big job. Parker plans to disrupt their scheme, while Lopez tries to get in on the action.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Here's the biggest question you have after seeing PARKER: Why cast an actress as charismatic as Jennifer Lopez if you're not going to use her skills to the fullest? For that matter, why cast Nick Nolte, too, in a thankless role as a confidante and mentor of sorts to Parker? And Michael Chiklis?

The whole movie, in fact, seems like an exercise in casting big-name stars with talent in a film that's mediocre at best. Even Statham deserves better; though his range may be more limited than Nolte's, he has an appealing, endearing sincerity that could have worked very well here, had he not been extra hampered by a limited script with rote dialogue and a massive heist at the heart of it that seems simplistic at best. While the action scenes do manage to thrill, ultimately, Parker disappoints.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Parker's code of behavior. Is it OK for him to steal from people who can afford it or to hurt people who've wronged him? Is there such a thing as an "honorable" thief?

  • Why does Jennifer Lopez's character try to get involved in Parker's scheme? Why does she seem to relish the idea of getting deeper into a criminal plot?

  • How does the movie's violence compare to other action thrillers you've seen?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 25, 2013
DVD release date:May 21, 2013
Cast:Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis
Director:Taylor Hackford
Studio:FilmDistrict
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:118 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong language, violence throughout and brief sexual content/nudity

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Teen, 15 years old Written byChrisForce123 January 26, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 

Entertaining and Action-Packed film!

I've always been a big fan of Jennifer Lopez's acting career. She usually chooses mediocre roles and films, but always shines in her performances. Once I saw that she was doing a thriller/action movie, I was ecstatic. However, having Jason Statham as the lead made me cringe. Still, I was excited to see it. I finally went and viewed the film. I was surprisingly impressed with the performances by both actors. I must disagree with the top critics who are giving this movie scathing reviews. The film is GOOD. A lot of fun and very witty. Yes, there is a lot of violence. Yes, there is a lot of swearing. However, the movie has some good lessons and moral values. such as the code of honor. Also, there is little to no actual sexual acts. Only breasts are visible but for a very short amount of time and not really seen. I give it 4/5 stars.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old January 25, 2013
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11
QUALITY
 

Action packed awesome film for pre teens honestly

This is a very action packe flick but good acting with strong language but your teens might want to see this flick but 11 under no a big no no The trailer tells it all but for some pre teens okay seeing it with an adult
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old January 30, 2013
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16
QUALITY
 

Be caughtous of what your children watch

Be careful parents, this movie contains blood and gore, and some sex and nudity. I am not old enough to watch this but I'm pretty sure that teens younger then 16 will imitate the violence of this movie. Be careful.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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