Parents' Guide to

The Baytown Outlaws

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Action flick has high body count, big guns, little point.

Movie R 2013 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Not as bad as you've heard

This movie has gotten a bad rap. Yes, there is a lot of violence. Yes, there is a lot of foul language. There are some instances of offensive language (to include "fag**t" & "ret*rd"), but there are some overarching positive messages in this movie, too. There is a strong bond between the brothers acting as the main characters. There is a scene that does a good job shining a light on the inadequacies of the immigration system in the US & the under-appreciated value of "illegals" in this country. Every character in this movie would be considered "bad" or "undesirable", but the bad guys are equally represented across the board: a deadly female biker gang, a gang of marauding black mercenaries, a bad-guy clean-up crew of Indigenous people, & a slew of stupid, bad white guys. This movie is definitely rough around the edges, but it's not as bad as it looks on first glance.

Is It Any Good?

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THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS seems to be trying to emulate the work of Quentin Tarantino, but it's nowhere near as interesting. Director Barry Battles isn't as skillful and doesn't seem to have that much to say. He just stages a whole bunch of big shoot outs without really having a bigger point. Nobody here really comes off as the good guys; there are the bad guys and their rivals, the even-worse guys.

Some movies about outlaws get the audience to root for the bandits to get away clean. This isn't one of them. Not only is there a glaring lack of plot to tie together the action scenes, there's also a notable lack of protagonists whom viewers will want to watch. Certainly not the three brothers, who do little to earn our affection or our attention.

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