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Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Well-cast action comedy is entertaining -- but very violent.

PG-13 2010 111 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 44 reviews

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age 18+

A movie for old people with perverted, meaningless lives. Hugely disappointing.

I read the parents’ review before showing this movie, but the review did not reflect the amount of inappropriate sexual innuendo or disordered relationships present in the movie. Near the beginning of the movie, Bruce Willis (who is receiving social security) woos this woman (over the phone) who is young enough to be his daughter - the age gap is actually pretty gross; subsequently both of them are shown (separately) reading romance novels; at the end of the movie they kiss passionately in the back of a car. Another ‘date’ of this woman asks to go up to her apartment after dinner because he ‘paid for’ her dinner, clearly implying that he wants sex in exchange. The woman takes off her clothes down to an extremely revealing undershirt. There is a scene in the movie where she is trying to escape bondage, and it is clear that we are meant to focus on her bouncing breasts, which look as if they’re about to pop out of her shirt. Oh yeah, and she is in bondage because Bruce (the ‘protagonist’ in the movie) supposedly wants to protect her from people that are after him - but suggesting to children that it is ever right to tie up and duct tape a woman is really creepy. When Bruce first arrives to greet her, it’s not at the front door - he hides in her apartment and pops out without her knowing he’s there. Again, disturbing and inappropriate. Morgan Freeman stares pervertedly at a young woman’s butt for an extended period of time, with commentary from Bruce ensuing. At one point John Malkovich has a large knife pointed at Bruce’s privates and Bruce asks him to get the knife out of his ‘balls.’ On top of all this, the movie was NOT funny - I was surprised because all the reviews rave about how entertaining it is. Yeah, the cast is good but that’s where it ends. It is slapstick and predictable. I’ve pretty much concluded that the movie is for perverted old people who want to see some famous actors shooting guns. I’ve shown my kids Black Rain, Aliens, Silver Bullet - tons of movies that have plots so that you can forgive some weirdness. But this movie really has no redeeming qualities.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 14+

An generic action/comedy movie with lots of guns and shooting

This movie has lots of action and shooting scenes, most of it is bloodless. There is some swearing throughout. Parents may have a problem with the main characters because they are ex-assassins. There are some sexual references and talk.

This title has:

Too much violence

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