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The Rundown

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
The Rundown Movie Poster Image
Mildly entertaining action movie with The Rock.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong minority woman.


A lot of non-graphic action violence, some characters killed. Characters in peril.


Mild references, including adultery.



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug references, drinking, hallucinogenic fruit.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of "action violence" (non-graphic). Beck makes it clear that he doesn't like guns because he believes he does too much damage with them. He does end up using guns and doing a lot of damage. There is a mild sexual reference and a few bad words. Characters drink and smoke and ingest a hallucinogenic fruit.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe Reviewer1 May 31, 2013

the rundown

although common sense media says 11 i caught some f words in the background. obviously they weren't recorded. this movie has infrequent mild language throu... Continue reading
Adult Written byBeverly B. June 11, 2017


Although it doesn't say in the review, it uses God's name in vain by saying gd! Not interested in watching movies that say that.
Kid, 11 years old April 22, 2014

"The Rock" stars in entertaining and funny action adventure.

Although Dwayne Johnson (otherwise known as "The Rock") is definitely overused in films, it was nice to finally see him in an enjoyable flick. If you... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 21, 2014

This is an epic adventure movie featuring WWE Superstar, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

There is lots of violence but it is not graphic. No blood, no gore. There is no profanity at all. The opening scene is in a club with girls wearing inappropriat... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE RUNDOWN stars World Wrestling Entertainment's The Rock as Beck, an enforcer for a nasty bad guy named Walker. We first meet Beck in an entertaining nightclub brawl when he takes on a football team's entire offensive line to get some collateral on a gambling debt. His next assignment, the action-movie staple last big job that will free him and give him the stake to realize his dream (a restaurant), is to retrieve Walker's son Travis (Seann William Scott) who is off seeking treasure in Brazil. Beck and Travis end up on an Indiana Jones-style quest for a golden idol, fighting both sides in a local rebellion and fending off a pack of amorous monkeys.

Is it any good?

The Rundown is a likeable action movie with an almost-loveable star. Director Peter Berg keeps things moving briskly and knows how to show off The Rock's charm as well as his expertise at throwing people around. Berg does not do much with the talented Scott or the beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson who is saddled with a dreary spunky-girl role and an even drearier accent. Christopher Walken brings his usual weird vibe to the role of Hatcher, local oppressor.

Co-produced by the WWE's Vince McMahon, this movie has no aspirations for subtlety or wit, but it's mildly entertaining and, like its heroes, manages to avoid most of the obvious pitfalls.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Beck does not like guns.

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