Parents' Guide to

The Lookout

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Twisty heist flick is saved by star's performance.

Movie R 2007 99 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Engrossing Story of Choice and Consequence

I strongly believe that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are the two best actors of my generation, and The Lookout is a stellar example of Gordon-Levitt's remarkable talent. At first glance, the story appears straightforward: a young man who has suffered a traumatic brain injury is targeted by a local thug to be used by his crew and assist in a bank heist. But what takes this story from good to great is it's characters. (Saving to add more later...)

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 15+

Awesome film - just loved it!

I didn't know about this at all until recently, after watching several trailers it definitely caught my eye. I absolutely loved this film from start to finish! Never a dull moment, never boring. Very entertaining with a great storyline. I have to say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perfect in every way. I loved the atmosphere of the movie, it deals a lot with peer pressure and regret, it also has it's humorous side. Really liked Jeff Daniels role as Chris' blind friend - he kept things real and interesting. There is violence with a car crash leaving a character with a brain injury and killing his friends. Lots of shootings with gore. Violent acts. Thieves hold someone hostage. Lots of peer pressure, lying and betraying. Sexual content includes nudity (a guys butt shown and girls butt shown when she's laying in bed. Making out and touching. Two very minor/brief off-screen sex scenes which show nothing. Also some sexual language, one of which a woman writes "I cant' believe I f-ed Chris Pratt" in his notebook. Bar scenes with drinking, some marijuana use and an asthma inhaler used. I would highly recommend it to mature 16 and up.

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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As viewers are steps ahead of Chris by definition, this convoluted thriller's approximation of his self-storytelling method reveals itself right away. Gary and Luvlee are untrustworthy schemers, affiliated with a very grim-looking shooter named Bone (Greg Dunham, channeling Lance Henriksen), and true-blue Lewis is not only nosy and protective, but also vulnerable and loyal. None of this would be surprising in the standard heist movie, and it's not here.

This means that Gordon-Levitt has a lot of work to do, convincing viewers that Chris is processing his ordinary experiences in an extraordinary way. For the most part, he's up to it. Chris' awkward gait and puzzled face make his former life look long-lost and his current life nearly unfathomable. Until the movie loses its own way (a bloody retribution resolution falls flat), this young actor makes Chris' erratic efforts to read himself and his world look engaged and engaging.

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