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Parents' Guide to

Shoot 'Em Up

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Over-the-top action with guns, guns, and ... guns.

Movie R 2007 87 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Silly as F**K but very good in that way

One of the best action movies of 2007. It's quiet violent tough

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Silly but enjoyable.

It was an interesting movie, despite having a lacking plot and way over the top action and sex. Still, it was a good date movie and we both laughed most of the way through it. My boyfriend and I will never be able to look at carrots the same way again.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Outrageous and antic, Shoot 'Em Up simultaneously spoofs and pays homage to everything from Bugs Bunny to Indiana Jones and James Bond. Smith is so fast and furious during his always-triumphant encounters with bad guys that he's deemed a "wascally wabbit" by the malevolent Mr. Hertz (Paul Giamatti). The pair's antagonism escalates exponentially, accompanied by all manner of gunplay and wild stunts. As Hertz puts it, the back and forth turns into "tit for tat," with each shoot-out, car chase, and torture scene a means for one side or the other to get even.

Of course, no such balance is possible. Every violent act leads to more violence. While the acceleration is demented fun here, the broader context is dire -- as indicated by what turns out to be the villains' awkward motivation: their work for a cadaverous-looking gun manufacturer (Stephen McHattie) and a corrupt U.S. senator/presidential candidate (Daniel Pilon). Both are involved in an imminent decision concerning gun control, but really, they're just distractions from the film's main business, which is shooting and more shooting.

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