A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tendency to sterotype Mexican nationals.
Violence & Scariness
Very violent, several deaths, including major characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking, character drinks too much.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, with a lot of shooting, graphic injuries, and the deaths of important characters. A woman commits suicide when her lover is killed. Characters drink and smoke and one character is drunk. There are mild sexual references, including a homosexual relationship. Some of the Mexican characters could be considered stereotypes, but then so could some of the American characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood took pay cuts to appear in what is essentially a quirky independent movie -- with two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. But their star power overwhelms not just their acting but the movie's story as well. The effect is like trying to juggle a bowling ball with a dozen eggs. Fortunately, when things get out of kilter or the plot begins to sag, there is all that star power to give us something to enjoy until it gets going again. If the movie has a lot of pieces that don't quite fit together, at least they are all high-quality pieces. It may be something of a mess, but it is an interesting mess to watch.
Gandolfini is brilliant, and the scenes between Leroy and Samantha are the best part of the movie. We want Jerry and Sam to get together, but the movie becomes less interesting when they do. Even a surprise cameo from another big star doesn't help us through a final act that involves the loss of characters we've come to care about. Jerry and Samantha react and behave in ways that we are not used to seeing characters played by big stars behave. Pitt and Roberts give it their all, but the script doesn't have enough weight to help make that behavior consistent with what we know of the characters.
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