A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's main point seems to be that you can get away with murder if you're a good person.
Positive Role Models
The main character seems to be a good and genuinely caring person, though he has two murders on his conscience, which has left him introverted and selfish. His wife also seems to be good, although she spends most of the movie yelling at her husband. The rest of the characters range from vaguely shady to completely corrupt.
Violence & Scariness
Five on-screen murders and one off-screen murder. Four of them are by gunshot, and blood is shown spurting. There's also a huge puddle of blood from one corpse. A scared, cornered kid shoots and kills one of the victims and accidentally causes the death of another. All of these murders are life-changing events for the main character. There are also many scenes of arguments, yelling, and violent tension, and a man kicks a dog.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One very vivid, disturbing scene: A grown man gives oral sex to a pre-teen boy. Viewers see the act from a distance, and the man's head is shown hovering over the boy's crotch. Another boy witnesses this act.
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Very, very strong language includes "f--k" or "motherf----r" in almost every sentence. "S--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "retarded," "idiot," "fag," and "d--k" are also used. Characters often swear in front of kids.
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Products & Purchases
Various storefronts and signs are seen, including Starbucks and Chase bank.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gritty police drama set in New York City in the months following 9/11 begins (in flashback) as a scared, cornered young boy shoots and kills a violent man and then accidentally kills another man. There's a good deal of blood, plus several more killings later in the movie and strong verbal violence. Sexual content is limited to once scene, but it's a very disturbing one in which a grown man gives oral sex to a pre-teen boy (the act is shown from a distance, and the man's head is seen hovering over the boy's crotch). Language is nearly constant, with "f--k" in almost every sentence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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