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Loosies Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A grindhouse quality that makes Loosies almost fun in flashes. But flashes are all they are -- pleasures even more fleeting than an off-brand smoke bummed from strangers in an alley.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    There are a couple of movies, or rather a couple of story ideas, tucked in Loosies, an amorphous, laugh-flecked drama about a New York City pickpocket that mostly comes across as a feature-length advertisement for its likable star and writer, Peter Facinelli.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    The tale of a pickpocket's redemption through love, plus a vengeance-seeking cop and assorted betrayals, Loosies weakly channels Sam Fuller's "Pickup on South Street" but without the explosive action, iconic thesping and stylistic punch.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A harmless crime caper. It stars Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, the Twilight series), who also wrote the script, shaping the movie to his facile, unlayered charm.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    Loosies (slang for singly bought or bummed cigarettes - and a nod to Bobby's commitment phobia) proves a largely enjoyable ride.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Violent redemption tale has mature themes, profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Loosies is a grown-up romance set in a world of "cops and robbers," in this case, petty crime, larceny, and con artists, with some brutal fights. Characters are punched, kicked, pummeled, and threatened with a knife; a policeman beats up a prisoner. It's also a redemption story, dependent upon the leading character's transformation from amoral loser to valuable human being. A lengthy love scene includes kissing, foreplay, partial nudity, and actual sexual activity in a series of artful shots. There is a mention of the possibility of abortion. Swearing and obscenities are frequent ("s--t," "bastard," "asshole," "knocked up," "slut," among others, and one use of "f--k"). Drinking takes place in bars and at home; some characters smoke.

  • Families can talk about why "redemption" movies are so popular. Why is it important to believe that people can change? Have you seen evidence of this in your own life?
  • It's often difficult to combine a love story with a mystery or thriller. Do you think this attempt was successful? Why or why not?
  • Who do you think is the intended audience of this film?

The good stuff
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    Messages: People can change; even someone taking a wrong path can change course and redeem him or herself. Finding love and putting someone else first can give purpose and meaning to life.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: A charming pickpocket undergoes a radical change: lonely, unhappy, and amoral, he finds his integrity, his compassion, and his worthiness over the course of the film. The female lead is kind and honest, but appears to depend upon key men in her life to survive.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several fist fights in which characters are battered and bruised. Characters are punched, pounded, kicked, and thrown to the ground. A villain threatens the hero with a knife. A policeman beats up a prisoner.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A romantic montage leads to a sexual encounter between two people who've just met. Includes kissing, foreplay, partial nudity, and some sexual activity shown from artistic angles. A central element of the plot involves the resulting pregnancy and the possibility of an abortion.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent swearing and obscenities: "s--t," "balls," "hell," "Christ Almighty," "jackass," "asshole," "prick," "bastard," "I'm screwed," ""knocked me up," "slut." One use of "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several scenes take place in a bar with characters drinking, including two policemen. Some social drinking at home. Characters smoke. A woman clearly states that she will not drink during her pregnancy.