Score, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3 1/2

Professional safecracker Nick Wells (Robert DeNiro) has his job down to a science. He accounts for every possibility. And even when things don’t go quite as planned, he handles the new situations with cool precision. But he’s thinking about retirement and settling down with his jazz club and girlfriend Diane (Angela Basset). However, when his longtime partner and fence, Max (Marlon Brando) suggests he take on a job that will land him the biggest payday of his life, he resists because it involves working with a partner unknown to Nick. But Jack Teller (Edward Norton), a young, talented thief, makes his case quite convincingly. After some consideration, Nick accepts. Getting over the hurdle of working with a new partner is only the first obstacle for Nick. To get a famed 16th century scepter from the basement of Montreal’s Customs House, Nick discovers snag after snag that make the job more complex than originally thought. Adding personal complications to the building tension, Diane insists Nick make a choice between his “business” and continuing a relationship with her. Watching these master actors in action makes the film a delight to watch. While the story is a bit too straightforward and lacks the necessary tension to make it a classic, the first-class cast should help THE SCORE score big at the box office.

While many films follow a simple good versus evil premise, this one leaves viewers conflicted about choosing essentially between the lesser of two evils. All of the main characters are criminals, so viewers should have qualms about cheering for any of them. Also noteworthy is that, while all lawbreakers, each puts their lives into the hands of the others at one point or another. Some violence occur throughout, although only one scene could be considered moderate violence as two men beat up on each other. However, the main offender in this film is the excessive foul language, including 64 obscenities and 14 regular profanities, which makes THE SCORE a vocal loser. Rated R for language.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

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 (14) times - Mild 6, Moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (64) times - F-word 45, s-word 13, other 6

Profanity: Many (16) times - Regular 14 (G 1, J 7, C 1, JC 4, C sake 1); Exclamatory 2 (OMG, MG)

Violence: Many times – Mild and Moderate (man grabs woman and shoves her against wall, man pushed, men hit with bat, man slammed into counter, man hit in throat, man pushed into wall)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity: Once (woman's cleavage emphasized)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (couple making out on couch with man above woman, woman proposes sex to man)

Drugs: Many times (drugs, alcohol)

Other: Criminals only characters to root for, criminals forced to trust one another

Running Time: 123 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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