Man Apart, A

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

In this action thriller, Sean Vetter (Vin Diesel) and best friend Demetrius Hicks (Larenz Tate) are undercover Drug Enforcement Administration officers, fighting the war against drugs. Growing up on the streets of Los Angeles, the two were gang members headed towards death or incarceration. After marrying Stacy (Jacqueline Obradors), Sean decided to live under the law and become a productive citizen. Demetrius also decided to make a change. It takes them seven years, but they are able to bring down the head of one of the biggest drug cartels in Mexico. As a result, the drug dealers want revenge, so they attempt to take Sean out but end up hurting him far worse. Sean responds to this attempt on his life, and his desire for justice is now personal. He determines to get his revenge.

Glamorizing the life of drug enforcement officers, this film portrays them as heroes protecting Americans from drugs and drug dealers. It shows a close kinship and loyalty between friends, who trust each other to the point of death. Seans marriage with Stacey is depicted as a relationship of honor. Sean encourages others to respect themselves by staying away from drugs and stripping. But the film has a darker side with unclothed women and graphic violence from shootings to mutilated corpses to organized crime scenes. Lots of people are killed, and theres a good bit of blood and guts. In one scene, DEA officer Vetter beats a man to death, and his partner shoots the victim twice in the chest to make it look legal. The language is filled with obscenities. The lifestyle of drug dealers is shown to be undesirable, but it is also undesirable to view. Be a man or woman apart from this one, and view a more constructive film.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
New Line Cinema

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 (12) times mild 5, moderate 7.

Obscene Language: many (51) times F-word 47, S-word 4.

Profanity: few (2) times exclamatory (GD, JC).

Violence: many times severe (numerous shootings, hand-to-hand fighting, mutilated corpses, gun wounds, exploding cars, executions, Russian roulette, man nearly beat to death).

Sex: none.

Nudity: several womens breasts, womens breasts in paintings.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: few times men talking about having sex with a woman, woman sitting on mans lap in suggestive way.

Drugs: many cigarettes, cigars, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana.

Other: human corpses have words carved into them; the main criminal is called Diablo, which means devil in Spanish; vengeance is a theme that runs through the movie; a prominent character is nick-named Sexy; heroes celebrate by drinking booze.

Running Time: 110 minutes.
Intended Audience: teens and adults.

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