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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Most characters are unrepentant jewel thieves.
Violence & Scariness
Gunfights, bleeding wounds, sadistic torture.
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Almost every line of dialogue is peppered with obscenities. Sexual joking and sexually-based insults traded by characters.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoking tobacco and drink. A character smuggles a suitcase of drugs past police.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a film that focuses on a group of jewel thieves in the aftermath of a botched robbery. The dialogue features a constant stream of obscenities as the characters verbally spar with each other. Copious amounts of blood are featured throughout the entire film as a character is shown bleeding to death. Another character is tortured by being tied to a chair, having his ear cut off with a knife, and having gasoline poured over him with the intention of setting him on fire. The final shootout among the thieves is tense, emotional, and bloody. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Resevoir Dogs ranks as one of the finest, and most gut-wrenching, crime dramas ever, but is certainly not for the faint of heart. Even at this early stage in his career, Tarantino does expertly builds tension, interweaving scenes of the aftermath of the thieves' foiled heist with scenes depicting them getting ready for the heist.
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