Ocean's Eleven
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

The popular "Rat Pack" team of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Junior Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop starred in the 1960 original. And in this updated version, George Clooney takes the Sinatra role of recently paroled con man Danny Ocean, who recruits ten specialists to do the impossible, rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time. It's all to get back at the casino's owner who now dates Danny's ex-wife Tess, played by Julia Roberts. The incredible heist is pulled off with the help of Brad Pitt in the Dean Martin part of Danny's trusted friend and fellow con man, Rusty. Matt Damon dips into the role of pickpocket Linus Caldwell. Like the original Rat Pack, the group seems to have fun during the film, which makes it fun for the audience as well. Angie Dickinson, who played Tess in the original, even makes a brief appearance.

Unfortunately, the updated script includes numerous obscenities and strong profanities. And although there's little sexual content, a few scene includes scantily-clad performers in the background. Along with objectionable dialogue, the group of thieves is presented, if not as heroes, at least as likable characters and their theft has limited consequences. Done in part for love of Tess, Danny's theft even takes on positive aspects, which sends the wrong message to impressionable teens and, with the vulgar language, can't be recommended.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 2, moderate 4
Obscene Language: Several (9) times - F-word 2, s-word 5, other 1, finger gesture
Profanity: Several (7) times - Regular (GD5, J, G)
Violence: Several times - Moderate (punches, boxing match crowd melee, hand caught in door, explosions, gun shots)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Near nudity - Few times (exotic dancers in lingerie, scanty costumes on dancers)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (crude reference to sex, woman in man's bedroom, man covers crotch to protect)
Drug Abuse: Cigarette smoking, alcohol drinks
Other: 'Good guys' are thieves and con men, gambling, minor consequences for major crime, friendship and love upheld
Running Time: 116 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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