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?