MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Confidence is a contemporary crime drama about con man Jake Vig (Edward Burns) and his cohorts who begin the movie by swindling thousands of dollars unknowingly from a member of the mob. After discovering what theyve done, they go to the mob boss, King (Dustin Hoffman), to make amends and avoid being killed. To make them pay back what they took, King enlists them for a bigger swindling job taking millions from a bank owner. Since the stakes are so high in this more elaborate sting, Jake recruits a pickpocket named Lily (Rachel Weisz). Although it looks like they wont pull off the scam, Jake and the gang prove to be much smarter than they first appear. But federal agent Gunther Butan (Andy Garcia) is trailing Jake and the gang. The film offers action from the start along with many twists and turns. Dustin, Burns and Garcia each put in superb performances in this highly entertaining film.

But the entertainment value of Confidence is overshadowed by its negative acceptability rating for bad elements. The foul language, with an abundances of f-words and s-words, is particularly offensive. Violence is plentiful: a man gets shot in the head, another gets beat up, guns are pointed at people, death threats are made, and a man head butts another man. And the sexual content is high: womens breasts are shown, women wearing only g-strings and pasties dance sexually in a booth, sisters begin a sexual act on each other until they are stopped by King, man watches a porn flick while talking to another man, and a man and woman undress each other. Alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs are used in the movie. Preview cannot recommend Confidence due to its moral offensiveness.

Preview Reviewer: Lynn Nusser
Lions Gate

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: mild few (2) times (hell, damn); moderate many (12) times (ass, bitch).

Obscene Language: Many (180+) times f-word 130+, s-word 40, words referring to genitals 10, words referring to excretion 8.

Profanity: regular many (15) times (J, JC, GD, G); exclamatory few (4) times (OMG, swear to G, C sake).

Violence: many times (guys get beat up, man gets shot in head, man head butts another man, death threats made, guns pointed at people, men pretend to be shot in a couple of scenes using fake blood).

Sex: none.

Nudity: many times (man and woman undress each other, women dance sexually wearing g-strings and pasties, man and woman shown in dirty movie, womans breasts shown as she sits on top of man, woman wearing thong revealing most of her buttocks, sisters wearing bikinis).

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: many times (remark made about using handcuffs on a mans wife, woman is propositioned for sex, woman eats strawberry in a provocative manner, sisters talk about doing sexual acts to each other, man watches dirty movie, women dance sexually, man puts his hand on womans chest and comments about how much he likes it).

Drugs: some (alcohol used in several scenes, cigarette smoking particularly by one woman, prescription drug use in one scene).

Other: man reads another mans palm, woman pick pockets mans wallet, gang steals money from mob and bank owner.

Running Time: 98 minutes.
Intended Audience: adults.

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