Parents' Guide to

The Son of No One

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gritty, violent NYC drama is for adults only.

Movie R 2011 93 minutes
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age 16+


Terrible story about a boy who grows up keeping a secret two man-slaughters that he committed, one which was self-defence and the other which was an accident. There you go, from that alone you can see not to bother with this terribly acted (Yep, by Tatum), boring, and messy cop drama. Anybody underage that wants to watch this should be more aware of how bored they will be more than what bad it's doing to themselves.

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For his third movie, writer/director Dito Montiel goes out of his way to capture a "true" New York City feel, with lots of honest-to-goodness, run-down streets and buildings, graffiti, and garbage. Unfortunately, he puts less effort into his script. It's hard to believe that a boy could kill two grown men, and it's even harder to believe that Jonathan would spend every second brooding about it. (After a long day of brooding at work, he drives to his old neighborhood so he can sit in his car and brood some more.)

To add more layers of misery, Jonathan's daughter has some kind of worrisome illness, and the story takes place in the months following 9/11. There's no hint as to what Jonathan might have been like when he met and married his wife (Katie Holmes), or why so many characters seem so focused on Jonathan's problems. Moreover, Montiel constantly over-directs and over-edits, underlining certain points that have already been made clear. It's gritty and moody, but with little dramatic effect.

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