A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Very violent, but courage and perseverance are shown as key elements to staying true to yourself and helping others in need. Integrity is presented as a positive defining attribute of a person, even those who might be unsavory.
Positive Role Models
Six is a killer, but he has an empathetic background and seeks to save those in need, showing integrity. Six also perseveres to save a young girl and shows courage even when his life is on the line.
Characters of color (played by Alfre Woodard, Regé-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Ana de Armas, and Danush) have influential but not particularly substantial roles. Portrayal of women leaves something to be desired. Dani, Suzanne, and Margaret come across as strong women on the surface, but Dani and Margaret have relatively inconsequential roles, and Margaret sacrifices herself for a male character. Suzanne is portrayed as incompetent at her job and is often undermined and disrespected by her male peers.
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Violence & Scariness
Descriptions of violence and torture, including domestic violence. Scenes showing domestic violence, torture, murder, gunfights, explosions, and car crashes. Scenes with body horror (fingernail pulling) and romanticizing a violent lifestyle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lloyd mentions finding every person that Six has ever slept with.
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Language includes "s--t," "s--tty," "a--hole," "ass," "d--k," "jackass," and "f--k." Exclamatory use of "Chrissakes," "Jesus Christ," "oh my God." Ableist language ("morons").
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Products & Purchases
Bubblicious chewing gum, Skittles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes during a rowdy New Year's Eve party that includes drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gray Man is a secret agent action-thriller movie starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as men who get caught up in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. There's lots of violence and references to violence. Scenes include torture, body horror, gun violence, explosions, and domestic violence. While characters demonstrate perseverance, courage, and integrity, the movie could also be seen as romanticizing a violent lifestyle. Characters use strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Gray Man is more a series of great parts than an enthralling whole. It features solid performances by Gosling and Thornton, but the true gem of the movie is Evans, who transforms from Marvel's wholesome Captain America into a sadistic, gleeful, disturbingly charismatic villain. His performance will make you want to see him cast as villains more often, since his good guy looks and charm provide another layer of sinister to evil characters.
The film is a bit of a letdown in terms of racial and gender diversity. On paper, The Gray Man has both characters of color and strong women in potentially substantial roles. But while Page and Alfre Woodard are the standouts in this regard, that has more to do with their personal charisma than with what's written on the page. And even though Ana de Armas plays an agent in the field like Six, her character, Dani, is less defined than his -- and quite bland. Similarly, Jessica Henwick doesn't have much to work with as Suzanne, a CIA agent working under Denny who's constantly belittled by both him and Lloyd. Overall, The Gray Man is a standard-issue spy film that goes in circles with regard to characters' motivations. If you like seeing cars crash and people fight, then this film is for you (as long as you can hang in there for its two-hour-plus run time), but those looking for an engaging story are more likely to find satisfaction in individual performances.
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