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Gringo | 2018 | R | - 6.7.10

In Mexico, an American salesman of marijuana pills (David Oyelowo) gets in trouble when he discovers problems with his corrupt boss, drug lords and the DEA. Kidnapped by a cartel, he struggles to survive and when a rescuer appears, things only get worse. Also with Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley. Directed by Nash Edgerton. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A clothed man is shown thrusting on top of a clothed woman on a couch and he gets up and zips up his fly (we see the woman's thighs briefly). A woman is shown bent slightly over a bathroom sink in an office while a clothed man behind her thrusts under her hiked up skirt (we see her thighs); she moans while checking her makeup in the mirror and they stop to answer a phone call, but the woman remains in the bathroom with her skirt hiked up (we see bare legs to the hip). A man is in biker shorts (we see his bare chest, shoulders, arms and thighs) and a woman stands facing away from the camera (wearing a bathrobe) and eventual sex is implied. A man zips his trousers in his office and some of his shirttail gets caught in the fly when a woman enters pulling down her pencil skirt and we see her thighs (sex is implied).
 A woman sees her boyfriend kissing another woman and she cries and enters the room, telling the other woman that she had sex with the man earlier that day; the other woman slaps the man in the face and leaves as the first woman asks for sex and the scene ends abruptly before the man can answer. A man and a woman kiss briefly. An unmarried man and a woman share a hotel room (we see no sex). In a couple of scenes a woman asks a man for sex and he refuses. A woman meets a man in a bar and while sitting at the bar she tells him to open his fly and show his penis for her approval and he refuses. A man zips his pants while standing at his desk in a couple of scenes.
 A woman in a business meeting wears a blouse unbuttoned to the bottom of her bra, revealing cleavage and two men stare down her blouse as she says that one of the men wants to have sex with her (using crude terms). A man closes his office door on a colleague while churning his hips and slapping himself on one buttock.
 A woman uses a computer to tearfully tell her husband that she is having an affair and she's leaving him; she hangs up and the man becomes upset and throws a cellphone onto a bed. A woman says that a man who has 35 children should use condoms (he actually has a dozen children). In another scene, she says a rumor spread that she had sex in a food truck with a whole lacrosse team.
 A woman wearing a short dress reveals her thighs and legs. A woman wears a T-shirt off one shoulder, revealing a bra strap. A man in a swimming pool reveals bare shoulders and arms. A laptop screen shows a picture from the waist up of a woman wearing a bikini that reveals cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Armed guards stand in front of a drug lord's mansion as two men bring another man into the living room, where they slam him into a straight back chair; another man uses bolt cutters in close-up to cut off the victim's big toe (blood flows) and a woman later receives an envelope with a baggie containing the bloody toe.
 Two men put another man into an SUV and drive away at night; the victim grabs one of the men by the neck and that man's handgun discharges shooting the driver in the head (blood splashes onto the window) and the SUV jumps a guardrail, flips several times down a hill (we see the men inside bouncing around), and then stops and the scene cuts to the victim flagging down a pickup truck in the morning.
 Two men with handguns drawn move toward two other men; one man shoots one of the gunmen (we see blood flow from the abdomen), and another man exits a taxi and shoots and kills the other gunman (we see blood on his chest). A man shoots another man in the chest killing him (we see blood on the dead man's face and chest).
 Two masked men burst into a motel room and lock a woman in the bathroom while they threaten a man with their handguns; another man wearing a kerchief over his mouth and nose bursts in and punches a man in the hallway until he is unconscious, and then shoots the other masked men (they may be dead; we see no blood) and he takes the man who was threatened away safely. A drug lord shoots and kills two men who drop off-screen before we can see blood.
 A man runs from another man in an airport and out into traffic, bumping a knee against a car while the other man runs out and stops traffic and pushes a pedestrian off-screen; the second man catches up with the runaway and knocks him unconscious with a thrown duffel bag, and the scene cuts to the captive with his wrists duct-taped together and sitting clothed in a bathtub as the captor injects a microchip into his arm (the man screams and we see no blood).
 A man with a handgun points it at another man's head (he does not shoot) as the second man lowers to his knees, crying for help from God; the men argue for several seconds about religion until a car speeds into the gunman and he is thrown down a hill and into a river (we see blood on his forehead later); the other man is put into the car trunk.
 A man takes another man in an SUV, driving through a heavily barred metal gate until another SUV rear ends them on the highway several times, sending the first SUV over a guardrail and flipping several times to land on its roof (the two occupants crawl out with blood around the head and arms).
 A waste can fire in a lab expands into smoke and tall flames as men and woman rush out to the sounds of a fire alarm until criminals and police officers outside open fire on each other, sending the people running back inside; many men fall dead in the parking lot, without visible blood.
 A man hides in a motel and persuades the owners to help him stage a fake kidnapping and ransom phone call to his corrupt boss; all three men shout as the call goes through and a TV in the background features more yelling while the first man makes slapping noises with his hands and then burns himself on the wrist with a cigarette and screams for effect (we do not see the burn, but we see a bandage on the wrist later).
 A man and a woman argue briefly. Two men argue about killing another man. Two men argue by phone about a ransom amount.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 101 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 4 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for Africans, name-calling (gringo, crazy, insane, deaf girl, bastard, fatty, pig, cheap, religiousy [sic], passive aggressive, amateur, Fatty Patty, Guitar Shop Barbie, El Pancho), 1 religious profanity (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [F-word deleted], Oh My God, Oh God, I Swear To God, Help Me Jesus, do you believe in God?, what kind of person does not believe in God? The earthquake [in Haiti] is God's work).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a drug lab where marijuana pills are made and see a man placing pills into a bottle, marijuana plants sprout in a large pan, a man agrees to bring some pills into the USA for a woman, a man tells another man to stop selling marijuana pills to a drug lord, and a woman drops an Alka-Seltzer into a glass of water but does not drink it. A man becomes very drunk on Tequila at an outdoor café and staggers to the bar where he drinks more Tequila with a few other men, a man and a woman drink whiskey at a bar, a woman at a table in a bar drinks wine, a woman in a bar drinks a martini and a man drinks wine, a man drinks whiskey in his office, a bottle of Tequila is seen on a table as a man drinks from a beer bottle in a hotel room, two men drink from beer bottles outside a hotel, a man holds a cold beer bottle against his neck on a hot day, several men and women in a pool drink from beer bottles and a man drinks from a beer bottle outside, and a man opens a new bar on a beach (we do not see any alcohol). A man holds a lit cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Medical marijuana, American businesses in Mexico, Mexican drug cartels, drug related crimes, danger, kidnapping, murder, self-defense, using sex to control others, lies, deceit, honesty, undercover agents, giving evidence to the US government, using people, extramarital affairs, womanizers, respect, helping others, starting over.

MESSAGE - Manufacturing medical marijuana can be a dangerous business.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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