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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, including many crashes and explosions, shooting, punching, kicking, and strangulation. Characters are killed. Characters drink, smoke, and use strong language, including the n-word and other epithets. One character gives another the finger. Characters ride in reckless and extremely dangerous ways, often without helmets. The plot centers on drug dealing. There are some sexual references but nothing very explicit. The soft drink product placement is particularly intrusive.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
This movie is one percent dumb plot, 74 percent stunts, and 25 percent attitude, or, rather Hollywood's idea of what passes for attitude. So, Ford is the kind of guy who wears a Ramones t-shirt and a leather jacket that proclaims "Carpe Diem" (seize the day). He must be the movie's hero because he and his pals are so photogenically ethnically diverse that they look like they just stepped out of a Benetton ad.
The action sequences are silly fun, especially a chase scene that has one motorcycle racing on top of a fast-moving train while another rides through the train cars in between the passengers and a chick fight on motorcycles between Shane and a multi-pierced Jaime Pressly. Ice Cube's appearance is more presence than performance, and Henderson is all about the dimples. But Fredro Starr makes an impression as Ice Cube's, well, Fredro equivalent, and Faison Love as a gang member and Adam Scott and Justina Machado as FBI agents hold our interest.
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- In theaters: January 16, 2004
- On DVD or streaming: May 18, 2004
- Cast: Ice Cube, Jay Hernandez, Martin Henderson
- Director: Joseph Kahn
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 81 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: violence, sexuality, language and drug references
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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