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Three Kings

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, liberal George Clooney Gulf War caper.

Movie R 1999 115 minutes
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age 16+

I enjoyed this :P

I watched this movie thinking that it was gonna be just another war movie etc but it is actually really good. A bit violent and graphic in some places such as cows blowing up and its parts going everywhere with the cow head on the bonet of the car and a child watches her mother get shot in the head etc but it was actually quite humorous in some places and entertaining. I personally loved this movie and thought it was quite awesome. They set out to steal gold and end up helping some refugees. George was of course hot and I really enjoyed it :P i don't recommend it to under 15yrs seeing it is 18+ and over but worth watching

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THREE KINGS was filmmaker David O. Russell's scorpion-stingingly cynical take on the American/Coalition military action Operation Desert Storm. Watched today, this gains an extra dimension from the 2003 "Operation Iraqi Freedom" war. Kids who have lived with the controversial second war might be a little confused about the issues that the 1999 film raises. The gore, action, dark humor, and suggestions that "Americans just don't get it" are still pretty applicable, in varying degrees.

The American characters say lines like "The war is over, I don't know what the f--k it was about," and "You guys call America the Great Satan, right?" All while generally exhibiting the sort of self-serving, stupid, and insensitive actions that have given the U.S. a bad name in the Arab-Islamic world. Much criticism is put into the mouth of an otherwise villainous character, an Iraqi military father whose wife was maimed and whose son was killed in U.S. bombing targeted at Saddam. He tortures one of Gates' comrades using what he says was the whole objective of U.S. meddling in Mideast politics: oil.

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