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Dave White Profile

Murder you can feel good about. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Explodes into your heart. Read full review

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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Statham, the specialist in English tough guys who was so affecting in "The Bank Job," has more to offer than The Mechanic has the grace to receive.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As it is, The Mechanic is ham-fisted pulp, like Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" taking itself seriously.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Like many action stars, Statham is good at cool brooding, but West's frantic style works against this.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Brisk, brutal and unconcerned with collateral damage, The Mechanic doesn't pave much of anything new in the assassin-for-hire genre. But when it kills, it does so with style.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Exceedingly violent action remake also has sex, drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this remake of a 1972 hit man action-drama is extraordinarily violent, with dozens of shootings, beatings, stabbings, stranglings, and killings, with lots of blood. Language is strong (including many uses of "f--k" and "s--t"), and there are some pretty graphic sexual situations (with breast/buttock nudity). One character drinks hard liquor and smokes incessantly (other, minor characters are drug dealers and junkies). The characters have few redeeming or admirable qualities, and there are few consequences for their destructive actions.

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. What impact does it have? What consequences does it have in the movie's world? How do you think that would change in real life?
  • Why do you think Steve smokes and drinks so much? What are the consequences of those choices? Would they be the same in real life?
  • What makes movies about hit men so fascinating?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The characters' destructive actions -- which cause many deaths -- have no (or few) consequences. They live selfish, solitary lives and are cynical, trusting no one -- not even each other.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Arthur is highly skilled, professional, cautious, and wary, and he makes a lot of money at his job. But he doesn't seem particularly happy, and the movie continually shows the lack of trust, empathy, and friendship in his life. He's such an empty person that as soon as he opens himself up to other people, his life is in danger.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Constant action violence, with dozens of shootings, stabbings, beatings, stranglings, explosions, various other brutal killings, and lots of blood. The hero threatens to grind up a teen girl's arm in a garbage disposal. These acts are shown with few or no consequences.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A sex scene includes grinding/thrusting; editing covers up most of the nudity, though the woman's breast and buttocks are glimpsed. Later, characters have rough sex in the alley of a bar, but no sensitive body parts are shown. A porn video with two naked women kissing is briefly seen on a computer screen. One character allows himself to be picked up by a sexual predator in order to kill him.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language includes multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t" in various permutations. Other words include "p---y," "damn," "goddamn" and "Jesus Christ" (used as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character is often shown drinking hard liquor and/or smoking cigarettes. He gets sloppy drunk in several scenes. A minor character is a junkie and is shown getting his fix. Another minor character is a drug dealer.