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  • 2.0

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 0

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Basically a soulless slasher flick, and one that demeans its gifted performers.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Comprising reclaimed bits from "Blade Runner," "A Clockwork Orange" and "Children of Men" and glibly served up with hyper Guy Ritchie attitude by first-time feature director Miguel Sapochnik, the resulting in-your-face mess never knows what it wants to be when it grows up.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Sitting through this movie is worse than being locked in a room with a continuous loop of "Nip/Tuck" playing on a jumbo screen.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A grisly one-note chase thriller.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Gory futuristic action film with anti-corporate message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Repo Men is a violent, gory sci-fi action film set in a dystopian future, and not to be confused with the movies Repo Man (1984) or Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). The hero is a "repo man" whose job is to violently re-claim his company's property (artificial organs), which includes maiming and sometimes murdering people. One particularly gory scene includes characters cutting open their own bodies to read a bar code on their artificial organs. Language runs the gamut of "Goddamn" to "f--k," and there is some sexy stuff, including one very brief scene in a sex club that includes female nudity and a couple having sex. Overall, it's too violent and downbeat for anyone but older, responsible teens.

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. How did it affect you? Did it make you laugh? Cover your eyes?
  • The corporation in the movie provides people with artificial body parts and organs, gets them deeply in debt, and then kills them to get the parts/organs back. How can the company expect to gain from this business plan?
  • One character talks about how "a job is just a job." Is this true? Or is a job part of who you are as a person?
  • One of the movie's themes comes from the story of the cat in the box, which is both alive and dead at the same time. What does this story mean?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie clearly has something to say about current topics like health care, insurance companies, and corporate corruption. The movie's hero decides to stand up to his corrupt company, but his path includes gratuitous murder and extreme violence. What's more he tries to save only himself and his girlfriend, and not the countless other people who are being hunted by the evil corporation.

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    Role models: The character of Remy (Jude Law) sends a mixed message. He decides to do the right thing by standing up against the evil corporation, but he does so selfishly and violently. He murders anyone who stands in his way, and winds up saving only himself and his girlfriend (not the countless others who are in the same boat). What's more, he begins a new relationship with a woman while still trying to repair his crumbling marriage.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There is a great deal of slicing and dicing of flesh, complete with gory open wounds, and spraying, spattering blood. We also see many fights, using fists, knives and other blunt objects, as well as old-fashioned guns (with bullets), futuristic laser guns, and Taser-like "shock" guns. In one very intense scene, the heroes slice open their own bodies so that they can insert a scanner to read the bar codes on their artificial organs.

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    Sex: A woman starts to perform oral sex on a man but is interrupted. There is a quick sequence of events in a sex club, taking up less than one minute of screen time, but filled with female nudity, and a man having sex with a woman from behind. The hero and the girl kiss quite often and appear in bed together, though they are never seen totally naked, or having sex.

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    Language: We hear multiple uses of "f--k" in several forms (including in the lyrics of a hip-hop song). Other foul language includes "balls," "asshole," "damn," "Goddamn," "p---y," and "s--t."

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    Consumerism: There are (at least) two ads for Puma, once on a billboard in a subway station, and then moments later on the side of a sports bag.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The heroes drink beer fairly often during the movie's first half -- or at least it looks like beer since it comes in futuristic-looking bottles. In one shot, a conflicted, confused character is seen drinking, with several empty bottles on the table in front of him.