Parents' Guide to

Pride and Glory

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature crooked-cop drama is no Departed.

Movie R 2008 125 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Gritty, not appropriate for children

Extremely dark movie with a lot of bloody violence. Absolutely not for kids, but could be a good talking point for older teens to broach the subject of corruption and dishonesty within police forces.
age 18+

We should change it to "no Kids"

It is a good movie but if you are gonna prohibit swearing in your house DON'T let your kids watch this movie until you are prepared to hear them curse this movie has enough f-bombs to rival the power of Mt St Helens. And there is a lot of other bad words in the film too. I guarantee you if you let a kid watch this they will be saying f--- in no time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

While much of the story is predictable, the movie is saved by the performances, especially Norton's and Emmerich's. And Farrell is alternately nuanced and over-the-top but ultimately excels as the shady, unrepentant Jimmy. Unfortunately, things get bogged down by the personal subplots involving the women in the cops' lives, especially the unresolved relationship between Ray and his estranged wife, Tasha (Carmen Ejogo). Jennifer Ehle, who's a brilliant, underrated actress reminiscent of a younger Meryl Streep, does her best as Frannie's cancer-stricken wife, but essentially, the women are one-dimensional.

The most realistic aspect of director Gavin O'Connor's story is how seamlessly he integrated the Dominican gang culture of New York's Washington Heights into the picture. The soundtrack features several songs by popular Latino rappers and Reggaeton stars; the Spanish-speaking characters are actually played by native speakers who can spit out streams of colloquialisms without taking a breath. Granted, it might still be considered un-PC to depict a community as full of gun-toting dealers, but at least O'Connor paid attention to the neighborhood. But that sliver of authenticity can't make up for the fact that this is an overlong crime drama that takes itself too seriously and obviously aims for the heights of Martin Scorsese's The Departed but falls somewhere slightly below the mark of We Own the Night.

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