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Knockaround Guys

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some drug use
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Crime Drama
Length:
1 hr. 31 min.
Year of Release:
2002
USA Release:
DVD: February 25, 2003
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Relevant Issues
Andrew Davoli, Seth Green, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel in Knockaround Guys

father son relationships

death of a friend

murder in the Bible

crime / organized crime

money in the Bible

stealing money

thieves in the Bible: theft, robbery, the two thieves

FILM VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

greed

betrayal

corruption—dirty cop

dealing in illegal drugs—cocaine

drug use

Starring: Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Andrew Davoli, John Malkovich | Directed by: David Levien, Brian Koppelman | Produced by: Lawrence Bender | Written by: David Levien, Brian Koppelman | Distributor: New Line Cinema

“How many friends can you trust with your life?”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Four sons of a big-time Brooklyn mobster get assigned to a new job: travel to a small-town in Montana and grab a bag of cash. Sounds easy enough but the town’s corrupt sheriff changes the plan.”

Viewer Comments
Comments from young people
Positive—“Knockaround Guys” was a good mob flick, with a redeeming ending. There are lots of curse words and some unexpected deaths, that I found sad, but some may say they had it coming to them. The violence can get bloody, but not graphic. But what a great cast of characters they put together (note: this isn’t one of Seth Greens funniest movies, but he did a great job acting!).

There are lots of positive morals in here, but I do recommend it to a mature audience. Afterwards have a discussion with whomever you saw it with, and talk about how redemption is a key part of Jesus saving us. Personally, I thought it was good, but it had a happy/sad ending.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Emmanuel, age 15 (USA)
Movie Critics
…This movie has a dark, rough, gruff tone and never really solves the performance-orientation that rejected children feel with their parents. It will no doubt leave Christian audiences feeling the hollow perspectives of a non-Christian lifestyle…
—Lisa Rice, Movieguide
…at least 75 “f” words and other expletives…
—ScreenIt!
…Although Knockaround Guys has the trimmed-down look of a studio trying to cut its losses, the movie plays like an entertaining B Western as a bunch of junior mobsters tangle with the corrupt sheriff of a small Montana town…
—Bill Muller, The Arizona Republic

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