One Tough Cop

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Life as a detective in New York city can be a rough, dirty, thankless job. New York City Police Detectives Bo Dietl (Stephen Baldwin) and Duke Finnerty (Chris Penn) both know this very well. What doesn't help the situation is that Bo's best friend, Richie La Cossa (Mike McGlone), has serious connections with the New York Mafia. This makes Bo look highly suspicious to the FBI, so they ask him to help them investigate Richie. When Bo refuses, it makes him look even worse in their eyes. Bo's life is further complicated by the fact that he is dating Richie's ex-mistress and his partner, Duke, owes thousands of dollars in gambling debts to some of Richie's business associates. All of these factors cause rising tension between Bo and Richie. This film has a solid story coupled with some intriguing characters, making it quite entertaining.

ONE TOUGH COP will appeal to many adults who enjoy police-oriented films. This film's positive message about friendship highlights the willingness of true friends to lay down their lives for each other. Even though the story includes characters who are supposed to be natural enemies, they have friendships that remain strong in spite of life's circumstances. On the other hand, the film contains a ridiculous amount of obscene language. There are more f-words than there are minutes in the entire movie. For instance, there is one scene in which the f-word is used, among other obscenities, 6 times in no more than ten seconds. In addition, there are many references to male genitals in the context of men calling each other names. Also included are many violent scenes, with a couple of close-ups of men being shot. Despite the positive message in the film, it contains far too much language and violence to be recommended.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
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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 (21) times - Mild 4 Moderate 17

Obscene Language: Many (149) times - f-word 110, s-word 20, other 19

Profanity: Several (9) times - Regular 5 (GD 2, JC 2, J 1); Exclamatory 4 (Swear to God 2, Swear to Christ 1, God forbid 1)

Violence: Many times - Moderate ( men fighting several times, man threatens another with gun, man shoots himself, beaten woman shown, man threatens with knife, men shot a few times)

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple in bed)

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - Several times (Low cut dresses, woman wearing only a shirt)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (passionate kissing)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: Premarital sex, drinking, and smoking considered normal and acceptable, friendship is taken seriously and promoted

Running Time: 89 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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