A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No honor among thieves. A price must be paid for criminal behavior.
Positive Role Models
Despite disregard for the rules of law and morality, hero displays courage, ingenuity, devotion to family, and a modicum of integrity. He draws his own personal ethical line that he won't cross.
Violence & Scariness
Suspenseful and violent throughout. Multiple scenes of gunfire and mayhem; gruesome deaths with bloody bodies; car chases; a fatal motorcycle crash. A woman is threatened with rape. A teen girl is in jeopardy.
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Nonstop swearing and obscenities, including "s--t," "jerk-off," "ass," "d--k," and all forms of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug sales, while not portrayed on camera, are an important plot element.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wheelman is a taut drama that stays with its central character, a getaway driver, as he attempts to escape in his car from escalating betrayal and mayhem. The film is literally "driven" by intensity, suspense, and an antihero who inspires rooting interest despite his felonious career. The unnamed "wheelman," who is on camera for all but a few brief shots, finds himself a pawn in a battle between rival crime organizations who are out for blood, drugs, and money. Violence erupts frequently. Guns blaze; blood spatters; bodies fall. Car chases lead to crashes, narrow escapes, more deaths and destruction. A 13-year-old girl is in jeopardy. And throughout, angry profanity is heard (including countless uses of "f--k"). A thrill ride for action fans, the movie isn't for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A tight script and a riveting performance by Frank Grillo as the multidimensional antihero keep this fast-paced noir thriller compelling from start to finish. A bank heist gone wrong is standard fare, but seen here from the point of view of the driver of the getaway car makes Wheelman original. Frank Grillo, usually a featured player, makes the most of this opportunity to carry a film on his own. Young Caitlin Carmichael also has a challenging role, and she's very effective. So are the many car chase sequences, shot from startling angles with screeching power. A few plot elements and some timing issues lessen the impact. (Spoiler alerts: Evening bank hours? A scheme in place to abduct the Wheelman's ex-wife?) Violence and profanity abound, but it's an exciting 82 minutes for mature fans of the genre.
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