MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

Jake Wyre (Peter Weller) and Charles French (Robert Hays) are mercenaries who used to work together for the CIA. Wyre is the security chief for General Bosavi, the tyrannical, deranged dictator of Tengara, a small Indonesian country. French leads a botched coup attempt against Bosavi, and is captured. Wyre refuses to follow Bosavi's order to shoot French. Instead the two flee the country. Back with the CIA, they return to Tengara to train a guerilla army led by Ahkatar, the deposed dictator who is sympathetic to U.S. interests. Among the soldiers is Ahkatar's beautiful niece Suleta. Bosavi gets wind of the coming coup, and the guerrilla army is ambushed on the way to the palace. Suleta is killed and Ahkatar is captured. Rather than take their money and run, Wyre and French decide to set things right and rescue Ahkatar and kill Bosavi. FIFTY/FIFTY is a predictable, formula buddy-action film. There's no time for character development - must get on to more killing; no time for plot - must move on to blowing something up. It's nothing more than a comic book story with real actors.

The title, however, is appropriate. Fifty percent violence and fifty percent language make up its R rating. Violence is plentiful and graphic, including many shootings and a gratuitous scene where a man is blown to pieces by a mortar shell. Language includes 22 s-words, 15 f-words and 9 regular profanities, as well as slang for intercourse and discussion of sex with a goat. To its credit, there is no nudity or sexual situations. However, the high body count and bountiful expletives make FIFTY/FIFTY one to miss.

Preview Reviewer: Pete Zimowski
Cannon Entertainment Group, 8200 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (40) times - Mild 16; moderate 24

Obscene Language: Many (44) times - 22 s-words; 15 f-words

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 9; exclamatory 1

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (killings with pistols and automatic weapons; man explodes after being hit with mortar shell)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Slang for intercourse, discussion of sex with a goat; obscene gesture

Drugs: None

Other: None

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