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2 Guns Review

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3.0

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  • 3.0
    55

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    When does banter turn to blather? In the case of this action adventure, which was directed by Baltasar Kormákur, it's when you realize that keeping track of the barely fathomable plot isn't worth the bother.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    This is a here today, gone tomorrow trifle, albeit one with lots of gunplay. In midsummer, that may be enough, but it's still a shame that 2 Guns shoots so many blanks.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    By its conclusion the story has worked so hard to be twisting and clever that it runs out of steam and becomes outlandish, marked by a surplus of violence — too often casual and gratuitous — for what essentially is a buddy cop movie.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The actors — including Patton as Bobby's DEA colleague and sometime fling — cannot act what is not there. But with Washington, Wahlberg, Olmos and Paxton around jockeying for dominance, the standoffs have their moments.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Kormakur shows he knows his way around an action movie better than most, keeping the pace quick, the banter lively and the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills delivering right on schedule.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    The picture survives its excesses thanks to winning chemistry between stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, who animate banter-heavy dialogue and click so well one wonders why they haven't shared the screen before.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The movie is loud, fun, quick moving, and features some nice acting turns.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    With a sharp and funny if sometimes convoluted script by Blake Masters and slick, pulpy direction from Baltasar Kormakur, and of course that first-rate cast, 2 Guns rises above standard action fare.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    2 Guns is a much-needed reminder that the best summer surprises can come when you least expect them.

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Violence, nudity in entertaining-but-cliched action comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 2 Guns is an action comedy starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg that has plenty of strong language, violence, and sex. The violence includes up-close executions, torture, and the death of a female hostage. Two sex scenes aren't overly explicit but do show a topless woman -- mostly talking and kissing a shirtless man -- for quite a while. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch." The U.S. government's agencies -- like the DEA and the CIA -- are shown to be just as corrupt as the Mexican drug dealers they keep in check. Ultimately, this is a buddy film about two skilled men seeking justice and blowing things up in the process.

  • Families can talk about 2 Guns' various forms of violence. What's the impact of both the gun violence/explosions and the scenes of Russian Roulette and the baseball bat torture? Do you think the filmmakers could have told the story with less violence?

  • Members of the military and various U.S. agencies are revealed to be not only corrupt but also helping the drug trade. Is this a believable idea? Why does the admiral tell Stig that blind loyalty isn't a good thing?

  • Some critics have bemoaned the fact that both Washington and Wahlberg waste their talent doing formulaic buddy films. What kind of roles would you prefer they take? Which of their movies are your favorites?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Amid the corruption/violence, the overarching messages are that you shouldn't blindly follow orders without knowing why you're doing something and that everyone needs someone to "have their back" and believe in them even when no one else will.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Most of the characters are undercover/corrupt agents/military personnel (U.S. government's agencies are portrayed as just as corrupt as the Mexican drug dealers they keep in check), so there aren't too many role models except for, in the end, how loyal Bobby and Stig are to each other, calling each other "my people" and "brother." Ultimately, Deb prefers to selflessly act with dignity and not give away any information to a villain, even though the consequences look dire. Some stereotyping.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Lots of violence, plenty of it featuring guns. Explosions, close-range executions, torture, and hand-to-hand fighting. A man likes to use a Russian Roulette-style approach on others in order to extract information. Stig shoots Bobby in the shoulder. A drug dealer's thugs have a man's head in a bag. A drug kingpin shoots a hostage. There are a few long fist fights, and the body count includes most of the secondary cast.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Paula Patton does a nude scene with Denzel Washington. He's shirtless in bed; she's topless and wearing tiny panties. There aren't any scenes of them embracing/having sex, but they're shown either right before or right after a couple of times, in bed, talking and kissing while her breasts are showing.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--k," "bitch," "ass," "damn," "hell," "crap," "oh my God," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Car brands/logos seen include Chrysler 500, Dodge Challenger, Ford.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults smoke and drink on occasion. Discussion of cocaine and drug dealing.

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