A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some racial diversity in the leading roles. The Marshals are mostly White. The villains are Chinese agents, one of whom the White agents refers to as a "Chinaman."
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Violence & Scariness
Action movie violence and peril throughout. A man talking on a cell phone while driving causes an accident, leaving one of the lead characters injured and bloodied. An explosion in a plane caused by one of the villains results in people getting sucked out of the plane and a plane crash into a river that nearly drowns several of the passengers. Shootouts with guns, rifles, resulting in deaths and injuries. Shootout takes place in a cemetery during a funeral in which mourners must run for their lives. Vehicle chases.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing. While staking out a clothing store in a mall, a Marshal walks in on a woman while she's getting dressed.
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Language throughout. "F--k" infrequently used. Also "bulls--t," "horses--t," "s--t," "goddamn," "bitch," "ass," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Starbucks is the obvious coffeeshop of choice for these characters; the girlfriend of one of the lead characters also works as a manager in one of the stores.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the Marshals smokes cigars. Drinking in a bar. Drinking at a gala event. Marshals talk of leaving to go to a bar to drink to the memory of their friend who was shot and killed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that U.S. Marshals is a 1998 movie in which Tommy Lee Jones plays a gruff deputy leading his agents on a search for a man believed to be a murderer of two diplomatic agents. Expect action movie violence, including a car accident caused by a man using his cell phone while driving, resulting in one of the lead characters getting bloodied and hospitalized. A man causes an explosion in a plane, resulting in characters getting sucked out of the plane and a crash into a river nearly resulting in several drowning deaths. Shootouts with guns and machine guns, including a shootout in a cemetery while a funeral is taking place, causing mourners to run for their lives. Vehicle chases. Some language, including "f--k." Cigar smoking. The villains work for the Chinese government, prompting one of the Marshals to refer to one of them as a "Chinaman." Drinking in bars and gala events. This is a spinoff sequel to the 1993 movie The Fugitive. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a textbook example of the bombastic action movies that ruled the 1990s. U.S. Marshals has all the ridiculous moments of chases, shootouts, and hokey dialogue that so defined big-budget action movies that were churned out by the dozens in the last years of the 20th century. There's some kitsch value, and maybe even some entertainment value, and, unlike so many of these movies that came out then, this one actually, somewhat, stands the test of time.
This is due almost entirely to the acting. Tommy Lee Jones adds more drama and tension than the words on the script actually promise, and doesn't go overboard with it. The same could be said for the villains, and those who, unsurprisingly, are revealed to be the real bad guys. As "the fugitive" in this spinoff sequel to the 1993 Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive, Wesley Snipes doesn't overdo it, and finds even some depth to this presumed villain. This works for what it is, even if what it is isn't great.
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