Inside Man

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe. Written by Russell Gewirtz. Directed by Spike Lee.

This clever cat-and-mouse crime caper has a tough detective matching wits with a dangerous bank robber. Suddenly the volatile situation becomes even more complex when a power broker surfaces with a hidden agenda.

Finally, a smart heist-caper movie. I mean, this is one you have to pay attention to and think over after leaving the theater. With a jaunty score, lively direction and solid performances from the leads and supporters, this is one of the best suspense dramas Ive seen in years. Whats more, its about something more than a good cop up against a bad bank robber. It has a theme about justice ultimately prevailing and your sins finding you out. The front story is deceptive, with a satisfying conclusion. Alas, there is one problem: there are nearly one hundred obscenities, mostly the f-word emanating from the cast. And no one in the film seems immune from such usage, including Mr. Washington, who professes to be a Christian in real life. Though I am glad to report the actor did not misuse the name of God, he was quite liberal with the use of other foul vocabulary. A story this smart, with otherwise sparkling dialogue, deserved better than the constant and desensitizing use of the f-word as a means to express frustration, fear, and even comic relief.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: Three crude sexual comments.

Obscene Language: Nearly 100 obscenities, mostly the f-word, but also a man calls a woman by an objectionable word in one scene.

Profanity: A misuse of Gods name and two of Christs.

Violence: We see several shootings and two brutal beatings. Innocent hostages are mistakenly shot by the police. see a person get shot in the head at point blank range, his blood spurts out.

Sex: The lead lives with his girlfriend. Some provocative and suggestive dialogue between the two over the phone and kissing in person, but no graphic situations.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture:

Drugs: A couple of people, including the macho head thief, are seen smoking.

Other: It has a positive message about men determined to right evil, but many will be offended by the coarse language.

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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