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Parents' Guide to

Running with the Devil

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Fascinating but flawed, mature story of illegal drug trade.

Movie R 2019 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Grim but too short for any impact.

Was quite ‘eh’. A too short and very grim crime film w/ a memorable performance by Laurence Fishburne and reserved Nicolas Cage. Could have and should have been longer, it definitely would have helped how each character arc ends. 😈 Rating: 5.2/10 😈 Keep away from teens and younger as the film’s grim atmosphere helps make the relatively realistic violence hit harder. Frequent swearing of all varieties is on offer too. Drug content is the whole film so that speaks for itself.
age 14+

do not waste your time to see this movie

It was really disaster in the form specially in the screenplay. we cant understand the characters and the process of story. just like some moving pictures are shown. really bullshit and absurd as a film. as the content, It was worse! The policewoman at last find out that she can not resist. she can not confront with drugs gang in the legal way so that she kill one of them for soothing herself!!! really a poor and weak police maybe I ever seen!

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This crime procedural is consistently fascinating as it charts the minutiae of the drug business -- but it also tries to be a bit too clever and neglects the characters in the process. Writer-director Jason Cabell is clearly intrigued by the whole process; Running with the Devil may be the first movie to show how cocaine is farmed. Those sequences have an ironically pure, sweet quality as the farmer's wife takes the kids out of school so they can help harvest, and the farmer exhibits clear pride in preparing the product. Yet for all this enthrallment, Cabell also acknowledges the industry's indisputably evil side later in the story.

The movie is likewise fascinated with power -- illustrating how any number of lower-tier drug lords always have a boss above them -- and money, providing text that charts the way cocaine's value rises after every stop it makes. But while Cage does his best playing a two-sided character -- a schlubby, puffy homebody/pizza chef who turns on cool confidence while working the drug trade -- the rest of the characters disappear inside their one-word descriptors. Fishburne, for example, has a blast behaving badly as "The Man" but never fully comes to life, and the same goes for the rest of the otherwise able cast. But Running with the Devil gets points for effort, and it's worth a look.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 20, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: January 14, 2020
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage , Leslie Bibb , Laurence Fishburne
  • Director: Jason Cabell
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Quiver Distribution
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence and disturbing images, drug use, strong sexual content, and language
  • Last updated: January 3, 2023

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