Pause for kids 16 & under
Lots of suspense, violence, language in smuggling thriller.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Contraband is an intense action thriller about a former smuggler (played by Mark Wahlberg) who's forced to go back into business to protect his family. Expect distressing violence: The bad guys beat up and nearly sexually assault the main character's wife, as well as point guns at his tween kids. There's also fighting, shooting, killing, and blood. Language is another major issue, with characters saying either "f--k" or "s--t" literally every couple of minutes. The bad guys smuggle cocaine, and viewers see huge bricks of it; characters are also seen snorting some. A secondary character is a recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon.
- Families can talk about Contraband's violence. Is it suspenseful or gory? Is it necessary to the story?
- The characters use questionable methods to accomplish their goals. What message does that send to viewers? Do the ends ever justify the means?
- At the end of the movie, the main characters are left with the promise of great -- albeit ill-gotten -- riches. Do you think they'll find happiness?