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The Hunting Party Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… just gives in to its own insecurity and ups the machismo. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    54

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The title of The Hunting Party doesn’t evoke much in particular. “War Correspondents Gone WILD!” would be more like it if the film itself--messy, but fairly stimulating--had more of the scamp in its soul.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Writer-director Richard Shepard assembles all the elements for a dark suspense comedy only to lose his way in a surfeit of plot mechanics and unlikely behavior.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    When a movie is a hybrid of this sort, it can be tough to strike just the right tone. Mostly, The Hunting Party manages.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    What makes The Hunting Party an original, gonzo treat is the way that Shepard plants the movie's tone somewhere between hair-trigger investigative danger and the from-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire glee of a Hope/Crosby picture.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Hunt for war criminal full of violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Richard Gere action dramedy takes place primarily in violent war zones (Somalia) and post-war zones (Bosnia) that are hotbeds of brutality. Both in the present and in flashbacks, scenes are filled with explosions, shooting, careening cars, and people being wounded and killed. One war criminal wields an axe with particular ferocity and threatens the heroes during a torture scene; a particularly horrific, bloody flashback shows a dead pregnant woman whose baby has been cut out of her. Expect lots of language (particularly "f--k"), some cleavage shots and bare breasts, and frequent smoking and drinking (with some minor drunkenness), with some discussion of drugs.

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays reporters. Do TV shows and movies make journalism seem like a glamorous career? How realistic do you think that is? What do you think reporting from a war zone is really like? Families can also discuss journalists' responsibilities. Do they have a moral or ethical duty when they see terrible violence or crimes? If so, what is that duty?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Journalists lie, cheat, and steal in order to get their stories (though they adopt a self-satisfying morality by the film's end). Peace monitors and police studiously avoid confrontations. War criminals get away with murder and rape.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Film opens in a war zone, complete with shooting, explosions, gunfire, blood, injuries, and hectic camerawork; the following war scenes are more of the same. An especially horrific scene shows a pregnant woman dead, her fetus ripped from her belly (very bloody). Several discussions of rape and murder. One of the fabled killers has a special "killing axe," which he uses with gusto. In a torture scene, victims are hung from ceiling, knives and an axe are brandished, and there's a lot of hitting and yelling. Villains hunt fuzzy little foxes in the woods. In the final scene, it's suggested that the villain gets his "just desserts."

  • sex false5

    Sex: Women's cleavage and naked breasts are occasionally visible; Simon shows his naked bottom (as a goodbye). Duck's professional success is indicated by his casual liaisons with women (kissing and more breasts visible). Frequent sexual slang ("balls," "p---y," "dick," "c--k"); discussion of sodomy.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of tough-reporter talk, including lots of "f--k"s (at least 75), as well as "s--t," "ass" and "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "bastard," "jerkoff," and "c--ksucker." One use of "c--t." Some colorful phrasing ("he's bald as a turd").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Dunkin' Donuts, Chuck Norris (one of his movies appears on a couple of background TVs).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent cigarette smoking, in bars and under fire in combat zones. Simon appears drunk on camera and consequently loses his job. Multiple scenes show journalists drinking (beer, brandy, other liquor) in bars, with interview subjects, and with collaborators. Benjamin appears drunk and stumbling. References to Quaaludes and opium.

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