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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A serial murderer justifies behavior by killing only those who have escaped punishment and "deserve it." Cop is seen as heroic when he frames a known murderer for something he didn't do.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of images of point-blank shootings, resulting in bloody deaths; a woman is attacked and beaten by an unseen assailant as she enters bathroom; bloody face of dead 10-year-old girl is revealed; close-range shoot-out between two cops and drug dealers; priest is shot while taking confession; baseball brawl between adult males; beating and kicking of handcuffed suspect by police.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Woman appears to be object of stalker and is grabbed from behind -- but then consensual sex begins off-camera; "rough" sex glimpsed briefly once from a distance; sexual innuendo in male-female police banter.
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Constant cursing from beginning to end. Nonstop use of multiple forms of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole." One racial insult.
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Products & Purchases
Heinz ketchup seen in foreground.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several instances of social drinking; one character smokes; a young woman snorts cocaine in nightclub bathroom.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that from the very first scene at a police target range to the final sequence in which the killer is revealed, this crime thriller is all about guns, bullets, body count, serial murders, bloody victims, and vigilantism. The killer is on a crusade to administer "justice" in cases in which the legal system has failed. Victims are shot at point-blank range in several sequences, and language is consistently crude and harsh. The limited sexuality between two adults is loveless and highlights "rough" sex. A young woman snorts cocaine in a nightclub bathroom. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
An overly complex plot, characters who behave illogically, and the hackneyed theme of payback for crimes unpunished spoil the long-awaited pairing of iconic movie stars DeNiro and Pacino. But for some part of RIGHTEOUS KILL, it's worth the effort. Pacino delivers some genuinely funny dialogue, and his performance is winning and relaxed. He's far less intense than he's been in his last few outings. And strong performances from John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg help cover the looming plot holes that eventually can't be ignored.
Unfortunately, as written, DeNiro's character doesn't give the actor an opportunity to plumb the depths he usually finds in his roles. And, overall, Righteous Kill is a violent movie that doesn't live up to audience expectations.
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