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Parents' Guide to

Slow Burn

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sluggish thriller mixes flashbacks and deception.

Movie R 2007 93 minutes
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The key word in this movie's title is "slow." Cole spends the entirety of SLOW BURN coming to see that his star assistant, Nora, isn't what she seems. The seeming racial subplot underlines the movie's thematic focus on the lies told by all of the characters -- both lawyers and criminals -- as they try to outsmart one another and get ahead. Unfortunately, this focus is lost amid dull expository scenes. Most frustratingly, even though Nora is the center of all the men's stories, she remains a cipher, without a life of her own. Luther calls her "a trick of light" (a notion illustrated with a heavy cinematic hand, as she passes through various colored filters), but really, she's just air.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 13, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: July 24, 2007
  • Cast: LL Cool J , Mekhi Phifer , Ray Liotta
  • Director: Wayne Beach
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexuality, violence and language.
  • Last updated: April 3, 2023

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