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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 10 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.

Violence

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

Sex

Mild references, including adultery.

Language

Mild.

Consumerism
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
Parent Written byzcrazydivegirl June 29, 2018

Missed some bad things

Lots of language. Club scenes. Monkey humping people. I would not recommend to kids.
Parent of a 10 and 11 year old Written byAshley B. March 17, 2018

Not for my family

A bit more raw and raunchy than expected. Foul language. Dance club scene with scantilly clad girls.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDeclan1700 February 3, 2018
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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