A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Nearly all of the characters -- gangsters, federal agents, assassins, bounty hunters, bodyguards, and Las Vegas performers -- are greedy and brutal, betraying one another whenever possible. The single exception is an FBI agent, who pays dearly for his moral solvency.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody, fast-cut, Guy-Ritchie-style violence: frequent shooting, strangling, stabbing, exploding, sticking with needles, dismembering, punching, kicking; ferocious elevator shootout between two is bloody and smoke-producing; assassin takes out targets with a long-range weapon; boy's display of his martial-arts skills leads to his sexual arousal (see above).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Repeated shots of women's bottoms and cleavage; passed-out prostitute shows her breasts in several shots; Nazi-punk assassin appears with his hand inside his pants, appearing to masturbate; "hooker" characters and references ("ho train," "skank ass"); sexual slang ("c--k," "bone," "p---y"); references to sexual acts (including "semen," "ejaculate," "jizz"); young boy has huge "hard-on" showing through his karate uniform; his grandmother keeps a dildo by her bathtub; addled male lawyer appears in women's lingerie (bra and thong).
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Relentless use of "f--k" (over 100); frequent use of other profanity ("s--t," "bitch," "damn" ) and other language ("hell," "douche bag," "ass," "dick," "fag"); several uses of the "N" word, both as indications of camaraderie by African-American characters and as racist disparagement by white characters.
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Products & Purchases
Set mostly in Vegas, film includes shots of neon signs (hotels, clubs).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of cigarette smoking, drinking (wine, beer, liquor in glasses and flasks), and drug use (pills, marijuana, cocaine); Buddy does so much cocaine that he appears comatose (weepy/red eyes, unable to speak).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fast-paced shoot-'em-up isn't for kids. While its combination of over-the-top violence and sardonic attitude produces a certain sort of humor, it's full of bloody injuries and destruction. Most of the characters -- assassins, law enforcement officers, gangsters, bounty hunters, and bodyguards -- are experts in lethal violence who use everything from guns and knives to explosions and disguises. Lots of smoking and drinking, and several characters do drugs repeatedly and excessively (mostly cocaine, but also marijuana and pills). Characters discuss sex, women wear revealing outfits and "play" prostitutes, a young boy develops a "comic" hard-on while showing off his martial-arts skills, and two of the assassins are lesbian lovers. Incessant swearing (over 100 uses of "f--k," plus other language, including the "N" word). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Repetitive and unsurprising, Smokin' Aces offers broadly differentiated assassins who compete with reckless, ugly abandon. This is the third film directed by Joe Carnahan (his last film, Narc, was a darkly evocative consideration of masculine intimacy and loyalties).
Its incomplete list of players doesn't quite indicate the pile-on of firepower that will converge for the final showdown -- not to mention the convolutions of plot that draw everyone to the same location (betrayals, mishaps, sinister designs, etc.). The movie careens along with a galumphing zip, unabashed about its lack of sense even as it sets up a "clever" payoff that's visible from a mile away. Most of the characters have just enough screen time to mouth off with some venom, then die spectacularly.
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