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London Boulevard Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    That the plot is the problem comes as something of a surprise given Monahan's pedigree. The well-regarded screenwriter ("Body of Lies," "Kingdom of Heaven") won an Oscar for the deliciously conflicted cops and crime twister of 2006's "The Departed."

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  • 50

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    Village Voice Michael Atkinson

    Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    It satisfies not only in the tradition of yarns boiled hard and wry, but as a savvy comment on fame and ambition.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Lifeless crime drama has lots of violence and smoking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this London-set crime/gangster drama about a reformed criminal trying to "go straight" is filled with arguing and fighting, as well as many violent killings and plenty of blood. Language is incredibly strong, with "f--k" and "c--t" used almost constantly. Characters regularly smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, and two supporting characters smoke pot; one is shown to be addicted to drugs and alcohol. There's also some topless female nudity and some kissing and suggested sex between the main characters.

  • Families can talk about London Boulevard's strong violence. How does it compare to less realistic action violence? Which has more impact? Why?  
  • Do you think it's possible for a reformed criminal to "go straight"? What other decisions could Mitchel have made to achieve his goal?
  • Keira Knightley's character has a monologue about limited roles for women in movies. Does her own role in this movie transcend that? Why or why not?  

The good stuff
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    Messages: London Boulevard suggests that transitioning from a life of crime to one of legitimacy is next to impossible, even if you're genuinely determined. The criminals in this movie seem successful, and the good people seem downtrodden.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Upon his release from prison, the main character makes the ethical choice that he no longer wants to be a criminal. Unfortunately, he can't beat the odds; try as he may, his old life manages to pull him back in, and he eventually pays dearly for his efforts.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of bloody, realistic fights, with characters punching and hitting each other and spattering blood. Several characters are killed violently via shooting, stabbing, beating, and pummeling. Dead bodies are shown. The main character punches a woman and knocks her out.

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    Sex: In a nightclub, topless women are shown, and other (clothed) women perform sexy dances. The main male and female characters kiss and are seen lying in bed together, though no nudity is shown. Secondary characters are seen preparing for "kinky" sex, with the man handcuffed to a bed and the woman wearing a slinky outfit. There's also heavy innuendo; a man makes a vulgar "licking" motion in one scene.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong, constant language, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t," plus "ass" and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Nearly every character smokes cigarettes throughout the movie. The main character's sister also seems to have a drinking and/or drug problem. Most characters drink from time to time: scotch, beer, and vodka (some occurs at a big party). Two secondary characters smoke pot in two different scenes. Some gangsters appear drunk and/or high in one violent sequence. Reference to Methadone.