Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Dumb, forgettable, violent heist movie objectifies women.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 85 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Mainly focuses on revenge and crime (and getting away with crime).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters are criminals, some are allowed to get away with their crime(s). Female characters are allowed to be strong, but their primary function in film is to be objectified.


Guns and shooting; shoot-out. Characters shot, with blood spurts. Gun to head. Kicking in face. Choking.


A couple kiss passionately, with one cupping the other's bottom. Additional kissing. Woman in bikini, objectified. Strong sexual language.


Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "son of a bitch," "a--hole, "ass," "dumbass," "balls," "nut sack," "goddamn," "hell," "douche bags," "'tang," "idiot."


Nike shoes. Amazon FireStick shown/mentioned. Calvin Klein logo on underwear.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug bust gone wrong. Character arrested for possession of pot. Characters smoke pot in bong. Cigarette smoking. Social drinking in bar. Reference to "trippin' balls." Character given knockout injection. Champagne.

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.

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Adult Written byhunji August 6, 2020

It was solid

Fun movie for the summer.

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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).

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