Bad Company (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

In this odd couple, action comedy, Anthony Hopkins plays CIA agent Gaylord Oakes. Oakes is teamed with Kevin Pope (Chris Rock) to buy a nuclear device from a renegade Russian. But when Pope is killed in the middle of negotiations, Oakes has only nine days to pull off a miracle. He must turn Kevins street-hustling twin brother Jake Hayes (Rock) into a cultured, CIA undercover agent. But Jake, dealing with girlfriend and money problems, doesnt even know he had a twin, much less a secret agent twin. At first, its the lure of the money that convinces Jake to work with Oakes, but when his girlfriend is kidnapped and bullets are flying, its a whole new matter for Jake. Hopkins and Rock make a classy team sharing humor, heavy action and tense moments with a nuclear bomb. Action fans will enjoy this Prince and Pauper spy caper.

Typical of action film, violence is plentiful with numerous shootouts, fights and chases. However, most of the shootings and fights avoid graphic wounds. Although only briefly seen, a scalpel cut on a mans eyelid causes some audience wincing. When Jake returns to his hotel room, the silhouette of his brothers girlfriend is seen in his shower. She is later shown in skimpy underwear. One scene shows the woman with her foot caressing Jakes crotch. While the attractive woman tempts Jake, he remains true to his own girlfriend. Although premarital sexual relations are implied, none are shown. And when he thinks shes pregnant, Jake announces that he will marry his girlfriend. Despite being raised in two different cultures, Jake and Kevin seem to share moral values about doing the right thing. Jake even honors his foster mother and seeks her help in troubled times. He also agrees with Oakes that some things are bigger than selfish involvement. However, the positive messages are often lost in the frequent gunfire and vulgar language.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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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 (38) times Mild 15, moderate 23

Obscene Language: Many (21) times F-word 1, s-word 17, other 3

Profanity: Several (5) times Regular 3 (G, GD, JC); exclamatory 2 (Good L)

Violence: Many times Moderate (many shootouts/ shootings, man runs into glass door, hit w/bottle, suicide high fall, hit w/ umbrella, punches, kicks, car chase, man hit w/car, electro-shock, threat/eyelid cut, blood flow on floor)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity Few times (low cut blouses emphasize cleavage, silhouette of woman in shower, woman in skimpy underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (man mistakenly thinks/ announces girlfriend pregnant, reference to condom use, suggestive dancing in club, woman caresses mans crotch w/foot, sensual kissing)

Drugs: Few times alcohol drinking in club, beer, cigar/cigarette smoking, reference to cocaine use

Other: References to menstrual cycle, vaginal infection, urinating sounds, foster mother still cares/ helps young man, man refers to worshiping money, man stays true to girlfriend, characters reference prayer/ comical prayer pose in danger situation, man wants to 'do right thing'

Running Time: 111 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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