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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Paydirt is about a team of criminals attempting to uncover money hidden five years earlier. Violence includes guns and shooting, blood spurts, kicking, and choking. There's passionate kissing, with a man cupping a woman's bottom. Women are shown in revealing outfits and seem to be in the movie primarily to be objectified. Language includes sex-related dialogue, plus words like "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and more. A character is arrested for possession of marijuana, and characters smoke pot from a bong (as well as cigarettes) and drink socially. Someone is given a knockout injection. Val Kilmer co-stars, but the movie is rather poorly conceived and the characters are dull.
What's the story?
In PAYDIRT, Sheriff Tucker (Val Kilmer) botches a drug bust and is removed from office. Meanwhile, deal mastermind The Brit (Luke Goss) is arrested for possession of marijuana. Five years later, in the present day, he's released and re-forms his old team to find the $33 million he hid. They include the Brains (Mike Hatton), the Brawn (Paul Sloan), the Babe (Murielle Telio), and the Badass (Veronika Bozeman). Unfortunately, Tucker has been waiting for this moment to get his revenge.
Is it any good?
Built from a grab bag of pieces borrowed from other heist movies but assembled in a way that makes little sense, this B movie has dull characters and an unhappy use of throat cancer survivor Kilmer. Though Goss is the star, Kilmer is arguably the driving force of Paydirt. But he looks so frail and so unconvincing in the role of a disgraced sheriff that the movie never gains any momentum. Due to the near loss of Kilmer's own voice, he's been (sloppily) dubbed by someone else here -- but at least he gets a couple of scenes with his real-life daughter, Mercedes Kilmer, which otherwise don't seem to go with the plot.
The rest of the characters seem to have been assembled more for their ability to fit into their "B" team names than for any logical reason, and Telio as the "Babe" and Bozeman as the "Badass" seem mainly here to be ogled and objectified. The details of what actually happens in the movie are pretty hazy, as there are so many scenes of characters joking around -- or scenes of the beautiful Coachella scenery -- that they become diluted. And it's likely that they were never really worked out in the first place. The only things Paydirt really has going for it are its dumb, grinning attitude and a bearable running time (85 minutes).
Talk to your kids about ...
How does the movie treat women? Are they strong characters? Are they treated as objects? What is the impact of media objectification?
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