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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters are thieves and robbers who mastermind elaborate heists.
Violence & Scariness
Characters killed with machine guns. Gun battles. Explosions. Car chases, including driving on sidewalks and putting the lives of pedestrians in danger. Boat chases. One character punches another at a restaurant.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references, particularly concerning one of the character's skill in seducing women.
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Occasional profanity, including "f--k." Also "ass," "dammit," "damn." An off-color joke concerning a woman's breasts. Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Mini Cooper cars are featured prominently throughout the movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking. Cigar and cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Italian Job is a 2003 action movie in which Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron plot a gold heist against a former ally who betrayed them. Characters are shot and killed with machine guns, and there are frequent gun battles, boat chases, and car chases -- including chases that go through sidewalks and put the lives of pedestrians in danger. There are frequent references to one of the character's skill in seducing women and an off-color joke in reference to a woman's breasts. There is some profanity, including use of "f--k" and the middle-finger gesture. Characters drink wine and smoke cigars and cigarettes. The movie has potentially confusing messages about lying and stealing; some kids will be confused that the "good guys" are thieves. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Charlie keeps telling Steve that he has no imagination, an unfortunate reminder that the movie, a remake of a Michael Caine caper film, doesn't have much, either. But it has enough panache and charm to make it an enjoyable genre film. Def, Green, Statham, and Sutherland deliver their usual top-notch performances, even when the script gets formulaic. Norton, who reportedly was not happy about being contractually obligated to do the film, at least acts as if he was not happy about being contractually obligated to do the film.
The film's biggest waste of time is a running Napster joke that is years out of date and tired the first time it's used, excruciating by the tenth. Apparently, they were stuck with it because of the appearance in the film of real-life Napster creator Shawn Fanning, a joke maybe 1 percent of the audience will get and one-tenth of 1 percent will care about.
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