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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The performances are pretty good--with the exception of the nauseatingly sweet H. Hunter Hall (the son of the director) as Junior and a one-note scowl from rapper The Game, who plays Meat--and the screenplay, by Hall and Darin Scott, has some genuinely funny moments.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Director Vondie Curtis Hall gives this virtually nonstop crime actioner, set against the mean streets of Los Angeles, pleasing noirish touches along with larger-than-life-size characters.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in the genre.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Fast-paced action drama is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids. It includes frequent and graphic violence, as well as incessant profanity (over 90 "f--k"s, for starters). The film begins with a carjacking that becomes a kidnapping. It includes multiple shoot-outs and car chases, with blood shown. The chief villain first appears chopping off a man's arm with a machete (bloody arm and stump visible). The protagonists break into a home to hide out, rob several banks in one day, and share a brief sex scene (close-ups of limbs and faces). A woman smokes cigarettes, drugs are smoked and dealt, and one character drinks malt liquor from a bottle while driving.

  • Families can talk about the father's dedication to his son: How does his promise to "always come back for" Junior motivate his illegal actions throughout the film? Why does O2's cousin fail to keep his promises? How does Coco's relationship with O2 inspire her to quit her street hustling and become maternal for Junior? How does the movie's background activity -- the demonstration to "Save Our Streets" -- compete and coincide with O2's apparently necessary violence?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: In order to save his kidnapped son's life, O2 kills, steals, lies, breaks into a home, robs banks, and harasses criminals.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Carjacking at start features much shooting on L.A. street; thug beats Coco, O2 beats thug, Coco kicks downed thug; villain introduced as he hacks off a worker's arm with machete (brief, close shots of bloody arm and stump); O2's face and head bloody after fight/pistol-whipping; flashback shows Coco's son's blood on sidewalk after he's "hit by a stray bullet" several shootouts, one leading to a death; O2 shoots Big Meat point blank, after Big Meat has run out of bullets.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Coco shows leg and breasts to distract policeman and criminals; typically improbable sex scene (mid-missing-son crisis) shot as extreme close-ups of limbs and faces.

  • language false5

    Language: Characters curse just about nonstop: at least 94 f-words, some 70 s-words, and other profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Dealer in stolen designer clothing names/shows array (Versace, Prada, Phat Farm, Sean Jean, Gucci, Valentino).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Coco smokes cigarettes, stops when young boy gives her a disapproving look; Lucky smokes marijuana, drinks a 40 oz.; drug factory shows cutting and packaging.