The Bounty Hunter

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Stereotypes and minor violence arrest this dull romcom.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 30 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Aniston’s character is supposedly independent and successful, and yet she’s still painted as someone who’s fragile and incomplete unless she’s with a guy. And not just any guy, but one who -- what else? -- needs redeeming. Buried amid the rubble of unfunny jokes is an interesting, but hardly surprising message about how relationships crumble because of two people’s shortcomings, not usually one.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Milo and Nicole are supposed rough-and-tumble characters, and certainly nice enough, but he’s a caricature and she’s a contradiction. Though meant to portray a smart, sassy reporter, Nicole spends nearly the entire movie in impractical high heels and cleavage-baring tank top.

Violence

Loan sharks whack a guy’s leg with a golf club. Two men have a fistfight at a parade. A formerly-married couple bicker; she throws things at him, he insults her. Guns are drawn and fired; two characters are injured. A street chase results in an SUV careening off the road and rolling over. A guy is Tasered.

Sex

A couple banters flirtatiously. There’s talk of “getting laid" and many other references to sex. A seduction attempt includes someone being straddled. Very scantily clad (thongs, bras/pasties) women dance in a strip bar. A man and a woman kiss.

Language

Pretty pungent, indluding “ass,” “hell,” “s--t,” “pr--k,” "Goddamn," and “dick.”

Consumerism

Some logos for champagne (Moet); newspapers (Daily News); fast-food restaurants (Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins) and hotels (Trump Taj Mahal and Borgata).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Stolen cocaine figures into the story, though nobody is shown using it. A main character is briefly seen drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this uninspired romantic comedy with an action twist is a little more violent than most films of this genre. It has gunfights and knee-whackings, but no outright gore. There’s a fair amount of swearing, including "ass" and "s--t," and an improbable reunion between a career woman and the ex-husband who can’t seem to stop making fun of her, which sends some mixed messages about love and relationships. A scene set in a strip club includes some barely clad women (thongs, bras/pasties); there are plenty of references to sex as well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 13-year-old Written bySally J. December 25, 2020

A Little Too Much

85% of this film is fine for kids even as young as 9; HOWEVER, a full 15% (+-) includes too many sexual.....not just innuendos but explicit statements that eith... Continue reading
Adult Written by2Simple October 30, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byLexigp06 January 4, 2021

11+

It's a really good movie! It has a little language and not much s*x. There is one iffy scene at a strip club which you should definitely skip if you are vi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 28, 2020

They are great together

The bounty hunter is a very good and entertaining movie. That teens will really enjoy. But it does have violence sexy stuff and language and drinking and drugs... Continue reading

What's the story?

An ex-cop Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) owes $11,000 to loan sharks. So when his bail bondsman boss (Jeff Garlin) says he can make $5,000 to pick up one runaway, he says yes immediately and discovers it’s his ex-wife, newspaper reporter Nicole (Jennifer Aniston). Hot on the trail of a juicy story, she's skipped bail and has no time for a return engagement with a judge. But she might have time for a second chance at romance. That is, if she and her ex can stop bickering enough for the goodwill to resurface.

Is it any good?

One of the biggest principles of romantic comedy is that couple must have scorching chemistry; it’s a pity that Aniston and Butler have none. They both look great and sound great -- well, Aniston, anyway (more on this later) -- but paired together, we get nothing. The second rule of thumb: The story has to scamper lightly, but with great charm, and, sadly, THE BOUNTY HUNTER does neither, let alone both. The plot is predictable, the pacing clunky. And this despite numerous location shoots and ostensibly fast-moving hijinks.

Why Aniston chooses material like this is baffling. She has great comic timing and delivery that could be put to better use in less formulaic fare, but here she is, amiable and likable and looking great while phoning it in. Truly, it’s beneath her. And beneath him, too. Butler is not as rakishly appealing here as he is in other films (P.S. I Love You, for starters), and his accent is all wrong. To bring Milo’s oafishness across, he relies on clichéd shorthand, like chewing with his mouth open. Thank goodness for supporting actors like SNL’s Jason Sudeikis and Siobhan Fallon Hogan, who actually outshine them both.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Nicole and Milo’s marriage failed in the first place, and how believable their reunion is. Can two people who really hurt each other reconcile this easily, even in a romcom? What brings them back together?

  • What kinds of stereotypes does this movie portray? Do the men and women in the movie seem like real people, or caricatures?

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