Ocean's Thirteen
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould. Action adventure. Written by Brian Koppelman & David Levien. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In the fanciful sequel to Oceans Eleven and Oceans Twelve, Danny Ocean and his gang reunite for their biggest heist yet. Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin join the cast in this elaborate caper.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Though the script is non-linear, sometimes challenging to follow, director Steven Soderbergh maintains a lively pace incorporating a gleeful sense of humor with funny gags and several edgy twists. Sadly, while the film avoids most crudity, there are three profanities (the misuse of Gods name, or Christs). And lest you think Im condoning a movie about thievery, let me assure you that the scenario is so far-fetched, it cant be taken seriously. That said, these are characters who live outside the law, and in the last two outings, they pulled off an elaborate crime, as well as other felonies, without paying a price. And they're all really cool while doing it. If you find a movie that glorifies crooked behavior objectionable, even if it is done so tongue-in-cheek, you might want to pass on this one.

Video Alternative: To Catch A Thief. A reformed burglar (Cary Grant) must capture a copycat or go to prison. Beautiful Grace Kelly aids him. I use this film as an alternative to a lot of caper films of today due to the fact that although the lead character had been a thief, he now sees the error of those ways. But even more than that, my suggestion comes from the fact that it is one of the most elegant movies ever made. Not only are Mr. Grant and Ms. Kelly about as good-looking as humans can get, but the film itself is quite stunning. The look, the sound, and the use of Monacos location are elements each superior to just about any film I can think of. Add to that Hitchcocks tight, sophisticated direction and the audience finds itself totally immersed in the story. While Hitchcock presents some rather sexy encounters between his stars, hes suggestive but never vulgar. It proves more alluring than todays graphic handling of screen sexuality. Theres something more captivating here, more mesmerizing than any other of Hitchcocks films. Im not saying its a better film than Vertigo or North By Northwest, but it is certainly one of his most hypnotic efforts. A few minutes and youre hooked, unable to click the remote. This hasnt come from just the fine performances. Nor from the camera work. It is that indefinable something that makes an auteur superior to a mere director.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Summary
Crude Language: There are a couple of sexual innuendoes, but mostly the filmmakers avoid crude language.
Obscene Language: Seven or so obscenities, mostly the s-word; also contains several minor expletives.
Profanity: Two uses of Gods name followed by a curse, and one misuse of Jesus name.
Violence: There is always an element of danger, but the film avoids graphic violence.
Sexual Intercourse: There are a couple of sexual innuendos and one long scene wherein a woman seems incapacitated by an aphrodisiac, causing her to be very assertive, attempting to lead to sexual gratification.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: A couple of sexual innuendos.
Drug Abuse: Occasional drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 122 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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