The Drop

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Hard crime drama is well written/acted but violent.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 107 minutes

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Positive Messages

Characters get away with all kinds of threats and violence with no consequences. This neighborhood dispenses its own brand of justice, and everyone works for the mob without much choice in the matter. A woman decides it's OK to go on a date with a cold-blooded killer.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters are violent and self-serving, with no consequences for their actions except perhaps more violence. The main character rescues a dog and is kind to a woman he's met, but other aspects of his character nullify any positive traits.


A couple of brutal shootings, with spurting blood and dead bodies. A minor character is tortured in the back of a van with a huge bolt screwed through his ankle; there's a huge pool of dripping blood. A bloody, severed arm is found in a bag of money. A man deliberately runs over another man in his car, several times. Fights lead to bloody cuts and bruises; threatening situations. A female character has scars on her neck that she made herself; she explains that she did it with a peeler while she was on drugs. A puppy is found in a garbage can, with blood all over its fur; he's rescued and turns out just fine.


There's a romantic subplot, but it remains platonic for almost the whole movie.


"F--k" is used regularly, as is "s--t." "P---y" is used once, and "Jesus" (as an exclamation) is heard.


An opening montage has a rather obvious shot of some Nike shoes. Many brand names of beer and other alcoholic drinks are mentioned and/or shown in the bar's day-to-day business.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Quite a bit of drinking by bar patrons, as well as a few beers shared socially, but no one ever seems to have a drinking problem. A supporting character is shown smoking cigarettes on a regular basis. Harder drugs are mentioned and/or discussed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Drop is a crime drama taken from a story by author Dennis Lehane that stars Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises). It's violent, with brutal slayings, spatters, and sprays of blood, plus an all-around sense of menace. Even a dog is found in a trash can with blood in its fur. Language is also strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There's a romantic subplot, but sex isn't an issue; the relationship remains platonic through almost all of the movie. Much of the movie takes place in a bar, so there's a lot of social and casual drinking, though not really to excess. There's also regular cigarette smoking. This is a fairly grown-up story, so teens likely won't be too interested unless they're die-hard Hardy fans.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byPatrick94 March 30, 2015

Definitely NOT "bland"

Firstly, I think 17 is a bit harsh for this movie. Yes, there is some gory violence in it, but it isn't excessive, language is a bit of a concern, but TBH... Continue reading
Adult Written byB-KMastah October 12, 2014

Surprisingly bland.

I hate to sound like a cynic, but I feel like a fair amount of this movie's positive reception is because it features James Gandolfini's last performa... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Bob (Tom Hardy) works for his cousin, Marv (the late James Gandolfini), in a bar in a tough New York neighborhood. Occasionally, Chechen crime lords use the bar for their nightly "drops," and Bob must collect and keep packages of money overnight. Things are stable until Bob finds a pit bull puppy in a trash can and decides to rescue him; a woman named Nadia (Noomi Rapace) lends him a hand. Unfortunately, a dangerous-looking thug (Matthias Schoenaerts) comes around, claiming that the dog is his. At the same time, the bar is robbed, and the Chechens come knocking, looking for the stolen cash to be replaced -- all while a police detective (John Ortiz) snoops around. Bob must dig around in dark secrets before making his next move.

Is it any good?

After landing an Oscar nomination for his film Bullhead, Belgian director Michael R. Roskam comes to America for this gritty, streetwise crime drama. The film was written by Dennis Lehane and based on his own short story. Roskam emphasizes character and dialogue first, giving the main characters -- as well as a handful of supporters -- a strong inner life; each one feels as if he or she existed in the outer edges of the story before the movie ever started.

Lehane's sharp, prickly dialogue includes enjoyably lively throwaway moments, while Roskam uses weather to fine effect. Viewers learn through dialogue that it's the Christmas and New Year season, but the film emphasizes drizzly cold, rather than any kind of celebration or joy. The plot, on the other hand, is a tad on the mushy side and doesn't generate an air-tight scheme or much suspense, and the ending is a little too pat. But the performances, especially by Hardy and the late, great Gandolfini, as well as by Bullhead star Schoenaerts, are quite strong.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Drop's brutal violence. How much is shown, and how did it affect you? How is the story served by such violence? Is it necessary to the plot?

  • How is the story affected by the fact that it takes place in a bar? How much alcohol do characters drink? Do they seem to drink for pleasure or to deal with pain? Are there realistic consequences?

  • What makes Bob fascinating, given the good and bad sides of his personality? Does one connect to another? Is he someone to admire or emulate?

  • How did you feel about Nadia and her choice in men? Is she a strong female character or closer to a stereotype?

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