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XXX

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Predictable action movie with lots of explosions, violence.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive messages; pretty much everything stupid, wrong, and horrible about the early 2000s is encapsulated in this terrible movie. 

Positive role models

Triple X is given a chance to do some good rather than go to jail... that about says it all. The other characters are too one-dimensional to be viewed as positive role models. 

Violence

Constant explosions, battles with guns, machine guns. Xander steals a red Corvette from a politician he hates and drives it off a bridge and has it filmed in order to go viral on the internet. Frequent car chases, near-misses of pedestrians. A group of scientists are gassed to death by the antagonist.

Sex

Xander enters the bedroom where he is staying to find a scantily-clad prostitute gyrating on his bed; implied sex. Women are objectified and sexualized in nightclub scenes, dancing around in G-strings. A character tells his girlfriend to have sex with someone else.

Language

Variations on "s--t." "A--holes." Wordplay revolving around a character named "Dick." 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character chainsmokes, says that smoking is "better than air," would "smoke in my sleep" if possible, would "still do it after it kills me." Absinthe and vodka drinking in a nightclub. Beer drinking. When mercenaries realize they have landed in a coca field in Colombia, some of them start ripping parts of the plant and stuffing it into their pockets. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that XXX is the 2002 movie in which Vin Diesel plays a renegade thrill seeker pressed into the covert service as a spy for the US government. There seem to be explosions every other minute -- from car chases, motorcycle chases, snowboard chases, machine gun and gun firing, and missile launching. Characters use drugs, drink, and smoke; one of the bad guys effusively praises smoking, and says he would do it in his sleep if possible, and would smoke even after he is dead.  When mercenaries discover they have landed in a coca field in Colombia, some of them excitedly start ripping off parts of the coca plant and stuffing it into their pockets. In one scene, a number of people are killed in a particularly heartless fashion, while others watch and make fun of them. There are implied sexual situations, including a character telling his girlfriend to have sex with someone else and a woman given to characters as a sexual favor, but nothing explicit is shown. A character explains his plans for world anarchy in a manner that is worth discussing with teenagers who see the film. 

What's the story?

Always on the verge of being arrested for his over-the-top stunts, extreme sportsman XXX (Vin Diesel) turns spy when spy chief Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) offers him the chance to work for the good guys instead of going to jail. The CIA assigns Triple X to a case involving a group in Prague that seems to be involved in more than the usual nastiness of drugs, stolen cars, and very loud music. X incorporates every extreme sport into his efforts to stop the bad guys from sending out a lethal biological agent to random cities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This is not a movie about plot or character; it is a movie about gadgets, girls, explosions, and "golly, did you see that?" This is The Dirty Dozen with one guy playing all twelve parts.

There are some great stunts, especially a snowboard race with an avalanche that would be scarier if it didn't recall the similar scene with Scrat at the beginning of Ice Age. It's too bad that the bad guy is not as interesting as X -- he's just a generic post-communist era guy with an evil plan, a big mouth, a remote control, a girlfriend who is too smart and pretty for him, and a getaway speedboat. But XXX is clearly designed as the first of a series, and it's all about X. Diesel is just the guy for the part, delivering the lines, the kisses, and the action scenes with attitude to spare.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different definitions of "freedom" in XXX. How does the meaning change when Yorgi, X, or Gibbons use the term? What is your own definition? 

  • Generally speaking, how are women portrayed in this movie? 

  • How is this movie a typical action tale?

  • Why do you think this movie was popular enough to warrant several sequels?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 2002
DVD/Streaming release date:May 13, 2003
Cast:Eve, Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel
Director:Rob Cohen
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Cars and trucks
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, language, drug use, and sexual situations

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

worth what you payed for it

Teen, 17 years old Written bycalfan April 9, 2008

great movie

definitely worth the money Funny plus amazing special effects The snowboarding scene was amazing. Also the movie was very creative and imaginative
Teen, 15 years old Written byMr. Tights June 6, 2012

ok

If I could rate this movie it would be: PG-13 Voilence, some sensuality, drug use, language
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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