Pause for kids 16 & under
Strong, suspenseful, mature drama about a life of crime.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gritty, tension-filled thriller directed by Ben Affleck about a crew of Boston bank robbers has plenty of excitement -- and plenty of graphic violence. The main characters are drawn into high-powered shoot-outs with the cops that leave several people dead or dying in pools of blood (two characters are shot in the head on screen). There are several bar scenes with a good bit of drinking, as well as near-constant swearing ("f--k" "s--t," and more). There are a few sex scenes, too, but, ultimately, it's the realistic, intense violence that parents really need to watch out for.
- Families can talk about "good guys" vs. "bad guys." Do you think someone who steals for a living should be portrayed as the "hero" of a movie? Do you think the criminals in this film come across as more competent than the cops?
- Are there any obvious role models in this movie? What message do you think it's trying to send?
- Do you think Doug MacRay is destined to become a bank robber like his father? How hard is it for him to escape this lifestyle?