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The Rundown



Mildly entertaining action movie with The Rock.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive role models

Strong minority woman.


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


Mild references, including adultery.



Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug references, drinking, hallucinogenic fruit.

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 26, 2003
DVD/Streaming release date:March 23, 2004
Cast:Christopher Walken, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Seann William Scott
Director:Peter Berg
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:adventure violence and some crude dialogue

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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 throughout though.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
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 are a fan of his movies, and have already seen all of the Fast and Furious movies, you'll definitely want to pass up the clunky G. I. Joe: Retaliation, or the pointless "Mummy" spin-off, "The Scorpion King." The Rundown has to be his best movie he's ever "done." It's a great action adventure, that can keep the attention of kids and parents alike, with humor and decent action sequences. Beware minimal references to adultery and uses of s**t, and other various curse words (i.e. g*d**n & son of a b**ch) throughout. There are terrible messages about the relationship between a father and his son.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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 inappropriate clothing. There's also drinking in the club. Positive role models and messages? Not really, but Beck doesn't like using guns although that decisions differs later in the movie. There are some good messages.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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