The Crew

Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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A forgettable made-for-TV-like production.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 87 minutes

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

Positive Messages

All minorities and sexes are treated with similar distaste. Some crassness.

Violence

Some shooting and fighting with resulting injuries.

Sex

Glimpses of breasts and several buttocks; pole-twirling strippers; toe-sucking; one obvious insinuation of oral sex.

Language

Several expletives.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug trafficking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has sexual content, mild violence, profanity, and mature themes. It isn't for preteens and young teens, who won't have much interest in seeing it anyway.

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What's the story?

In THE CREW, four aging mobsters reunite in order to save their Miami apartment complex from being torn down. Joey (Burt Reynolds), Bobby (Richard Dreyfuss), Mike (Dan Hedaya), and Tony (Seymour Cassel) have long retired from a life of underworld crime. But when their rent goes up thanks to the greedy new owners of their apartment building, the guys need to make some serious cash or they'll wind up homeless. They accept a job to kill a mob boss' father, but the plan goes awry when Tony's stripper girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) decides she wants the four old mobsters to kill her mother.

Is it any good?

If a cross between Grumpy Old Men and Goodfellas sounds like your cup of prune juice, then cinch up your girdle and head for the video store. But don't expect more than a few cursory laughs--expect a forgettable made-for-TV-like production. The big disappointment here isn't Richard Dreyfuss, or even the dull-witted script. The real disappointment here is gracefully aging Burt Reynolds, who surprised moviegoers in the '90s with some of the most interesting and challenging roles of his career. This movie is a waste of his talents. And, Carrie-Anne Moss' character, like Jennifer Tilly's, fails at even the most rudimentary pleas for sympathy or understanding.

But is there a worthwhile statement buried here about wisdom and maturity outshining impetuous youth? Nah. As one young viewer put it, "I guess it really is horrible to get old." At its most thought-provoking, the story is about how mayhem, thievery, and a little debauchery rejuvenate a few old men. Take Dreyfuss's overused catchphrase to heart and "Fuhgeddaboudit."

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