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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is about a criminal who's gone straight, but he isn't really rewarded for his efforts. Revenge is a major motivation. Characters who jump to conclusions are punished. Otherwise, viewers might be warned about leaving guns and/or alcohol around the house.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a criminal who now leads a straight-arrow life, though he still hangs onto his underworld contacts and is still prone to criminal behavior. No one else in the movie is of interest.
Violence & Scariness
Violence includes heavy but not realistic (or very bloody), fighting, punching, shooting, slicing, and stabbing with knives, chases on foot and in cars, and explosions. Teens are shown playing with guns, with dire results. In one scene, some thugs torment a girl to get information from her boyfriend. (They tie a rope around her neck, attach the rope to a brick, and toss the brick out the window.) A male character is tortured, tied up, and punched with brass knuckles. Characters die, including a teen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In two scenes, a husband and wife kiss passionately and get excited, but they stop before having sex. Strong sexual innuendo. A scene takes place in a strip club, but no nudity is shown (though women do dance in skimpy outfits on stage).
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"F--k" is used at least once. "S--t" is used a few times. "D--k," "slut," "damn," "hell," and "f----t" are heard. A middle finger gesture is shown.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens are shown drinking and getting drunk at a small house party. A woman is shown to be high on some unknown drug and barely functional. Adult characters are briefly shown drinking socially. Mentions of meth, pot, and cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rage is a revenge thriller starring Nicolas Cage. The violence, while frequent and often over-the-top, doesn't have much blood. But there's lots of fighting, punching, shooting, slashing and stabbing with knives, car chases, foot chases, and explosions. Viewers also see some scenes of torture (a man is hung by his wrists and punched with brass knuckles; a rope is tied to a girl's neck and a brick, and the brick is thrown out the window), and a teen is kidnapped and dies. A woman who's apparently high on drugs, is treated roughly in one scene. Many drugs are mentioned by name, and teens are shown drinking -- and playing with guns -- with dire results. Language includes one use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t," plus "d--k," "slut," and more. Sexual content includes some passionate kissing from a married couple, some innuendo, and scantily clad women dancing at a strip club. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
RAGE is certainly a low point (albeit not the only one -- or the lowest one) in Cage's career. The actor is one of our best at coming unhinged onscreen, but director Paco Cabezas somehow keeps things somewhat muted. It feels like the dynamic, volatile actor is on auto-pilot, and the rest of the movie doesn't do much to back him up. Likewise, the terrific Nichols and Danny Glover feel as if they're just trying to get through each shot.
Characters rarely seem like living, breathing organisms, and they sometimes don't even appear to be reacting to one another, as if they weren't even in the room together. Even when the characters weep, it seems on cue. The plot is both confusing and ridiculous. It throws in so many characters and character names that it's difficult to keep track of who's doing what and why. Then the final reveal boils down to something so dumb that it's difficult to believe that these so-called professionals didn't figure it out sooner.
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