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Criminal | 2004 | R | - 3.4.10

Caper movie set in contemporary Los Angeles, with John C. Reilly as a man who will stop at nothing to become wealthy, including harming his own family. Ironically, a young Latino man (Diego Luna) who will do anything to help his own family, becomes his accomplice. Also with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Tucker and Maeve Quinlan. Directed by Gregory Jacobs. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss, and he touches her face tenderly. A man tells another man that he wants to have sex with his sister, as part of a deal. A woman comes off an elevator looking unkempt, after presumably having spent the night with a man. Women are shown in skimpy swimsuits. A woman's blouse is open revealing cleavage, and a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a short top that reveals her bare abdomen.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man hits a man in the stomach and holds a gun on another man. Also, a man holds a gun on two men. A woman slaps a man hard in the face. A man shoves a man to the floor. A man runs, police chase him, tackle and cuff him. A woman backs her car up and hits a man who falls to the ground yelling (it's a set up). A woman yells at a man and accuses him of trying to steal from her, the man tries to run and another man grabs him, shoves him against a table, handcuffs him and escorts him outside. A man grabs a man's briefcase and runs through streets, two men chase him, and he gets away. A woman panics when an elevator stops abruptly between floors, and a man on the elevator with her pries the doors open and climbs through the small gap. A man yells at a woman on the telephone, and a man yells at a man in several scenes. Two men talk about being in prison. A man talks about his father owing a lot of money (they're gambling debts) and that people may kill him over it. A character threatens to kill another character. Two men urinate in urinals (we hear trickling).


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LANGUAGE 10 - 53 F-words, 4 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for people of the Jewish faith, 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Confidence tricksters, trust, family, extortion, friendship, guilt, gambling debts, police corruption, stealing from family, greed, death of a parent, bribery, stealing.

MESSAGE - Get rich quick schemes can have consequences that may not be worth it.

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