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Casino Jack Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tonally scattershot and more than a little heavy-footed.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Slick superlobbyist Jack Abramoff is the colorful subject of Casino Jack a similarly slick and undeniably entertaining true-life D.C. crime story, boasting a robust Kevin Spacey performance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Lots of foul language in funny, semi-true satire.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this humorous biopic about convicted fraudster/"superlobbyist" Jack Abramoff ( Kevin Spacey) is rife with foul language, including the pervasive use of "f--k." There's one brief scene of violence -- a stabbing, with blood -- and some nudity (breasts); some secondary characters also sleep with multiple women. Jack is an entertaining character, but the movie isn't celebrating his bad behavior: He's very much presented as a bad guy. Note: A similarly titled documentary about Abramoff -- Casino Jack and the United States of Money -- was released earlier in 2010.

  • Families can talk about whether Abramoff is a likeable character. Is he a good or a bad person? Does that affect how likeable he is?
  • Why might we be interested in watching characters like Abramoff? How does he justify hisbehavior to himself? Did you want to see him punished -- or get away scotfree?
  • Why do you think that characters with lots of money are often prone to iffy behavior like strong language, multiple sex partners, and even violence? Is that realistic?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though the movie is primarily about a terrible person, the movie is well aware of that fact, and his faults are always evident to viewers -- and he eventually gets his comeuppance for his extreme greed and perhaps even learns a lesson or two. That means the audience ultimately comes away with the message "do not try this at home."

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    Role models: Even though he's funny and tries to do a few good turns during the story, Abramoff is unrelentingly backstabbing and greedy. He treats others with contempt, swears profusely, and exhibits destructive behavior. The only good thing is that he's eventually caught and punished, thought it remains to be seen whether he's learned his lesson.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character is stabbed with a pen, and viewers see some blood. Also lots of shouting and arguing.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A secondary character is seen with two naked women in his room, with naked breasts on view. Another main character cheats on his girlfriend and sleeps around. Viewers also see dancing girls in a casino, though they mostly wear skimpy costumes.

  • language false5

    Language: Dozens of uses of "f--k" throughout the film. Other words used less frequently include "s--t," "goddamn," "ass," "hell," "whore," "schmuck," and "bastard." Characters also use racial slurs from time to time, especially to describe Native Americans.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue