Way Of The Gun
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -3

Judging by its title, its safe to say WAY OF THE GUN is filled with violence, crime, and deception. When petty criminals Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro) and Parker (Ryan Phillippe) get wind of a great, but illegal, financial opportunity, they immediately set a plan into motion. Longbaugh and Parker kidnap the pregnant Robin (Juliette Lewis), surrogate mother for a prominent rich couple, and demand ransom for the unborn child. After eluding her well-trained bodyguards, the plan seems to be working. But with Robins anxious doctor, and bagman Joe Sarno (James Caan) involved, the situation gets complicated quickly and walking away with the money becomes a much more difficult proposition. James Caan pulls off a great performance, possibly the best of the year so far. With a wealth of interesting characters, sharp dialogue, and an involving plotline, Oscar-winning writer (and director of this film) Christopher McQuarrie has crafted a movie that is sure to be a critical, if not also a box office success.

Using the real names of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid may be a comic reference to the criminal buddies, but theres not much to laugh about in this film. Although primarily a crime story, the characters dont shy away from discussing such topics as the existence of God and the concept of redemption. One of the criminals wonders aloud what he will have to offer God when his time comes. However, even with deeper themes and ideas being dealt with, plenty of time is given to violent action sequences and foul language. Some scenes are graphically violent, including a man shot in the neck and bleeding profusely. In another scene, a man falls into broken glass, and then carefully removes a huge shard buried deep in his bleeding arm. Foul language is heavy with the opening three-minute scene containing almost half of 59 f-words, nine regular profanities, and nine moderate crudities. With a flood of vulgar language and gory violence, WAY OF THE GUN should not be followed.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: Artisan Entertainment, 2700 Colorado Ave., Second Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Crude Language: Many (10) times Mild 1, Moderate 9
Obscene Language: Many (70) times - F-word 59, s-word 6, other 5
Profanity: Many (12) times Regular 9 (GD 3, J 1, JC 2, Csake 2, For Gsake 1), Exclamatory 3
Violence: Many times Moderate and graphic (woman punched, bar fight with bloodied people, dead people shown in aftermath of gunfight, car accident, man hit with gun, man punched, men shot, man stretched as form of torture, woman dragged, woman has cesarean section, men shot in knee and neck graphic wounds, man falls and cut by broken glass)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few times (female breast and rear on magazine photo, male rear); Near nudity None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Twice (crude reference to sperm donation, men look at pornography while preparing to donate)
Drug Abuse: Many times (smoking, alcohol)
Other: Man questions whether or not he believes in God; man talks about concept of redemption
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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