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Training Day



Great performances, but for adults only.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

What parents need to know


Very violent, characters murdered, attempted rape.


Sexual references and situations, brief nudity.


Extremely strong language including the n-word.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug use and drug dealers, drinking, smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a very strong R, with extremely rough language (including the "N" word and anti-gay slurs), graphic violence (including the murder of major characters), drug use, brief nudity, and sexual references.

What's the story?

TRAINING DAY stars Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris, head of an elite unit of LAPD narcotics officers. Rookie Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) has just one day to prove himself to Alonzo. Jake is smart, tough, and very motivated – he wants to make detective, and this is his best opportunity. But Alonzo tells Jake that his ideas are all wrong, and that the streets and the police are very different from what he has been taught. Jake climbs into Alonzo's huge black Monte Carlo and before he knows it, he is smoking marijuana laced with PCP and watching Alonzo rough up attempted rapists and let them go. Alonzo is a master of manipulation, using a mix of trash talk, bullying, and charm to persuade Jake to violate every principle he has. At first, Jake is so eager to be accepted that he accepts Alonzo's view that only a wolf can catch another wolf. But when it appears that Alonzo thinks of Jake not as fellow predator but as prey, Jake decides that only one of them can survive.

Is it any good?


Denzel Washington has a coiled, controlled energy that puts tremendous power behind his coolness and grace, which adds complexity and ambiguity to his portrayal of heroes. Here that cougar-like quality adds a lot of sizzle to his portrayal of a bad guy, a rogue cop who has crossed the line so many times that he doesn't even see it any more.

Washington is dazzling in his Oscar-winning performance as Alonzo. He lets us catch a glimpse of Alonzo's desperation as he interacts with a charming drug dealer with a taste for expensive drinks (Scott Glenn), three "wise men" who run the department, the mother of his child, and the men of his unit. With each encounter, he shows us a different approach. Hawke is just fair as the white-bread rookie, but Glenn and singers Macy Gray, Snoop Dog, and Dr. Dre make the most of small roles. The director, Antoine Fuqua, shows his music video roots with a style that is often flashy but not always in aid of the story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way that seemingly little exceptions to ethical rules end up creating very serious problems. When do the ends justify the means? This may be especially meaningful in light of the current debate about how to respond to terrorism.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 5, 2001
DVD/Streaming release date:June 1, 2004
Cast:Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn
Director:Antoine Fuqua
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:122 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:extreme violence, language, drug use, and nudity

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBestPicture1996 May 30, 2010

Fantastic acting

I felt bad after seeing "Training Day." The profane language was relentless and just absolutely not needed, seeming like every other word was another obscenity. If you can try to put it aside, their is great acting, Washington's, of course, topping all at his Oscar-winning best. Don't let kids watch this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bymr.eko April 9, 2008

Brutally real look at street life

The violence in Training Day really isn't that bad; it alone would not be enough for an R rating. Although realistic (brutal/not stylized), there really isnt much violence at all and none of it is very graphic. The real issue is the language. I've never been bothered by language and never thought I would be, but Training Day did it. With 200+ uses of the f-word, some of the things said in the movie are so discusting I felt like taking a shower after seeing it. If it tells you anything, there were not enough profanity-free lines in the movie to make a full-length trailer, so they had to censor most of the things spoken in the trailer.
Teen, 15 years old Written bywowiamcool108 April 9, 2008


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