Walking Tall
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -3

In this remake of the 1973 classic, elite soldier Chris Vaughn (Dwayne The Rock Johnson) returns to his boyhood town in Washington State to discover that its now corrupted by his high-school rival (Neal McDonough) and legalized gambling. The towns citizens are suffering, the businesses are languishing, and his ex-girlfriend (Ashley Scott) is now working as a pole dancer. The town mill is about to shut down. While visiting the casino, Chris discovers that the dice are loaded. After confronting the security guards, he takes a violent beating. He presses charges, but that gets him nowhere since the sheriff (Michael Bowen) secretly works for the casino. When the casino thugs push drugs on his little brother, Chris erupts by vandalizing the slot machines and game tables. After being arrested, he finishes his defense with a pledge to run for sheriff and clean up the town if the jury will clear him of all charges. The future of the community rests with the jurys verdict and Mr. Vaugns big stick.

In a story of how one mans rage can solve a lot of problems, Walking Tall presents the potential vileness of legalized gambling, especially when its not tightly controlled. The hero has some outstanding qualities, but its his uncontrolled anger that drives him. At one point, the hero pulls his gun out of a locked cabinet, ignores his fathers warnings against violent action, and rushes to the casino in a destructive mood. Another time, the hero smashes a car taillight out of frustration. The movie portrays alcohol, loose women and strippers as acceptable activities for young men. The hero sits alone in a private viewing room and watches a stripper perform, and the good guys generally enjoy hanging out in a bar watching bikini-clad women dance. The movie presents a moral sense of right and wrong, but it is incased in extreme violence, foul language and skimpily clad women, earning Walking Tall a low acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Distributor: MGM

Crude Language: Many (40) times mild (hell 8, damn 4, crotch 5); moderate (butt 3, bastard 5, boobs 2); strong (ass 5, asshole 3, bitch 2, SOB 3)
Obscene Language: Many (22) times moderate (piss 2, crap 4, screw 2, suck 3); strong (f-word 3, s-word 4, finger gesture 2, other 2)
Profanity: Several (9) times moderate (MG 1, OL 3, G 2); strong (GD 1, J 2)
Violence: Many times mild (lots of shoving and struggling, rough game of football with illegal hits, man smashes tail light with two-by-four, police destroy truck in drug search ); moderate (continuous fighting, numerous shootings, men hold family hostage, man smashes casino devices with board, truck explodes, police roughly capture drug dealers); strong (three men with automatic weapons fire hundreds of rounds at people inside a modular structure, five men hold down one man and repeatedly slash his chest with a razor blade, man smashes mans arm with board, man stabs man with potato peeler, man tries to mutilate man in saw mill)
Sexual Intercourse: Once mild (implied activity when woman takes off her shirt revealing bra while kissing man; the next morning she is shown in his bed)
Nudity: Many times mild (near nudity with women strippers dancing and women in bikinis)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times mild (many references made by men to getting into the sack, getting some action and spending the night with women); moderate (woman discusses being with a man for eight minutes, man and woman talk while she strips); strong (man watches woman strip in a private viewing room)
Drug Abuse: Many times mild (repeated drinking of beer and alcoholic drinks); moderate (two occasion of drunkenness, several instances of teens smoking marijuana, teenage boy overdoses while doing crystal methane but is not shown on screen, drug lab, men arrested are found to have drugs)
Other: Man shows courtroom ugly scars, teenage boy asks brother if hes killed anyone, people shown having fun gambling, adult video store pointed out, parent sets curfew for son, adult daughter stays at home to help out parents financially, racially mixed marriage shown in positive light, people of different races are unified)
Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and Adults

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