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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Very little in the way of positive messages. There's the suggestion that if parents keep too close a watch on their children, they'll end up being runaways and drug addicts. And, if so, it's perfectly OK to beat up and shoot anyone who gets in the way of retrieving said lost child. And it's also OK to endanger the lives of other teens in the process.
Positive Role Models
The main character is essentially a reformed bad guy with plenty of fighting and killing skills who's suffering from a mistake he made in his past but trying to go straight. Yet as soon as anything goes wrong, the old fighting and killing skills come out again, with no consequences.
Violence & Scariness
The movie is full of shooting, chasing, and fighting, with lots of spurting and spattering blood. Teen girls are put in jeopardy, and, in a flashback, a mother and a young girl are killed in a car explosion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of sexually charged moments between a college-age female character and the middle-aged male main character, though nothing comes of it. Some scenes take place in nightclubs with women in scantily clad outfits behaving in suggestive ways.
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Language is fairly strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "ass," and "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A college-age character says how drunk she is and is shown doing cocaine. Other drugs are referenced. Another college-age character is said to have become a junkie and run off to live with a drug dealer. Some minor characters are drug dealers. The main character drinks whiskey from time to time and suggests that, in his past, he used to drink a great deal. A character smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Prince is an action thriller about a man with a past trying to find his missing college-age daughter. It's quite violent, with plenty of bloody shoot outs, killings, beatings, and chase scenes -- all with few to no consequences. Drugs are part of the plot; some minor characters are drug dealers. The daughter is said to have become an addict and run away to live with her dealer. Another college-age character is shown to be drunk and is shown snorting cocaine. Other drugs are referenced. Language is strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and other words. There's no nudity or sex, but there are some sexually charged moments between a college-age young woman and a middle-aged man, as well as women wearing sexy clothing in a nightclub. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A veteran of low-budget, low-profile action movies, director Brian A Miller turns in a fairly typical, lackluster, knuckle-dragging thriller with THE PRINCE. As the story begins, it doesn't make sense that Paul would put so much faith and trust in a college girl, and when it's revealed that he's a kind of super-soldier, it makes even less sense. He comes across as unflappable and practically invincible, with everything under control. No one seems to be in danger, and nothing ever seems truly at stake.
That character negatively impacts the rest of the cast. Rain (from Ninja Assassin), playing a deadly right-hand man; Willis as a gangster; and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, playing a dangerous drug dealer, never seem like real threats. Nor does Cusack, as Paul's trustworthy old pal, seem very helpful. The movie glides along lifelessly at a surface level, hitting plot points but not investing in the characters, the emotional heft, or any suspense. The Prince is a royal dud.
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