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(2001) (Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn) (R)

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Comedy/Drama: After taking a delivery job of sorts for a mob figure, two friends react quite differently to accomplishing the task at hand.
Bobby (JON FAVREAU) is an ordinary guy trying to get by in life. An aspiring, low-level boxer, he spends his days working on construction sites with his deadbeat best friend, Ricky (VINCE VAUGHN), and then nights as a bodyguard and driver for his stripper girlfriend, Jessica (FAMKE JANSSEN). Ever the opportunist, Ricky tries to persuade Bobby to ask for a higher-level job working for mob boss, Max (PETER FALK), and his persistence eventually pays off.

Accepting a high-stakes delivery job that flies them first-class to New York, the two immediately differ in their response to completing the job at hand, of which they know few details. Bobby simply wants to make the delivery and return home to Jessica and her young daughter, Chloe (MAKENZIE VEGA).

Ricky, on the other hand, suddenly thrives in his new, upscale lifestyle, and his insolent and cocksure behavior soon puts the two at risk. That's particularly true when their limo driver, Jimmy (VINCENT PASTORE), takes them to meet Manhattan mobster Ruiz (SEAN COMBS) and his right-hand man, Horrace (FAIZON LOVE).

From that point on, as they attempt to complete their job - which includes meeting Tom the Welshman (DAVID O'HARA) who's yet another link in the criminal chain -the two find themselves in way over their heads and facing progressive amounts of risk and danger.

If they're fans of anyone in the cast, they might, but this one seems most attractive to older teens at best.
For pervasive language, some drug use and sexuality.
  • JON FAVREAU plays an aspiring boxer who takes a job for a mob boss hoping to better his life. He also lives with his striper girlfriend, drinks some and uses strong profanity.
  • VINCE VAUGHN plays his insolent and deadbeat best friend who adopts a higher roller lifestyle while on the job and thus puts both of them at risk due to his behavior and actions. He also uses strong profanity, drinks and smokes.
  • SEAN COMBS plays a Manhattan gangster who works with Max, can't believe he must do the same with Bobby and Ricky, and uses strong profanity.
  • FAMKE JANSSEN plays Bobby's girlfriend, a stripper who uses some profanity and doesn't seem to care that much about her young daughter.
  • FAIZON LOVE plays Ruiz's right-hand man who's also involved in criminal activity and uses strong profanity.
  • DAVID O'HARA plays a Welsh criminal who's somehow involved in the transaction and drinks and does some drugs.
  • VINCENT PASTORE plays the limo driver assigned to drive Bobby and Ricky around the city. He smokes, uses some profanity and holds his gun on some bad guys.
  • PETER FALK plays some sort of organized crime boss who gives various jobs to Bobby and Ricky and uses strong profanity.


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    Here's a quick look at the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity is listed as extreme due to at least 253 "f" words being used during the film. Many other expletives and colorful phrases are also used, as is some sexually explicit dialogue. Some strippers are seen doing their thing (lap dances, rubbing bare breasts on the clientele, other suggestive material, etc.), while some artwork shows bare-breasted women.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes (with most of them being criminals of one sort of another) while some fighting - both in and out of the boxing ring - and threatening behavior is also present (with the latter briefly involving guns), resulting in some characters being bloodied and/or bruised.

    Some characters drink and/or smoke, while a few are briefly seen doing drugs. Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone in your home who may want to see it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs in it.

  • Some people drink at a bachelor party.
  • Ricky mentions that he and Bobby should be at a bar.
  • A flight attendant brings around champagne for the passengers in first class that include Ricky and Bobby. After Ricky learns that they're free, he grabs more of them and then orders a drink.
  • Ricky has a beer in a hotel room and then orders two more for him and Bobby through room service.
  • Various people drink in a club, including Ricky who drinks some champagne until Ruiz tells him to stop.
  • Horrace makes a comment about not doing any more cocaine time.
  • Ricky has a drink and then does so in a club with various other people and we then see that he and Bobby have been drinking a lot.
  • Later, some of those women drink back in the guys' hotel room (with one asking Bobby if he minds if she rolls a joint, which we never see), while Ricky has some champagne in the bathtub.
  • Ruiz orders four mimosas for himself, Ricky, Bobby and Horrace.
  • Ricky, Bobby, Horrace and the Welshman do a lot of drinking (with Horrace falling from his seat, seemingly somewhat intoxicated), with the latter asking Horrace where he can get some cocaine (called "blow" and "Charlie"). Later, we see that Horrace has brought the Welshman some cocaine and the four men crowd into a bathroom stall where the Welshman accidentally spills some onto Ricky before snorting the rest himself.
  • Some people have drinks in a bar.
  • Jessica and some man appear to have been doing drugs as Bobby finds them in their bedroom on the bed with what looks like some cocaine on a mirror in front of them.
  • Bobby has some slightly bloody cuts and bruises on his face from boxing and then later fighting (throughout the movie), while Ricky eventually has some of the same (after their many fights).
  • The various criminals and their associates, including Max, Ruiz, Horrace and others all obviously have both types of attitudes due to their criminal behavior.
  • Various people refer to male athletes as ladies ("C'mon, ladies," etc.) in a condescending way.
  • After lighting his cigarette with a box of matches that are on fire, Ricky tosses the latter out of the car and into the dry brush.
  • Various men ogle Jessica and another stripper at a dance club.
  • An effeminate man at a construction site is demeaning and disrespectful to Bobby and Ricky, while others call this man a "fag." Some boy then walks through the cement that Bobby has just spread.
  • Ricky has both types of attitudes toward various people, including a store owner who asks him to put out his cigarette, a flight attendant he keeps buzzing, a man on a pay phone whom he attacks to use the phone, a hotel bellhop/worker, etc. He also admits to selling one of Max's vans that was supposed to be used on a job.
  • Ruiz refers to Ricky and Bobby as "guineas" and someone later uses the term "spics."
  • Bobby comes home to find Jessica fooling around with another man in their bedroom. She then tells him it's over and that he should take her daughter (meaning she's a bad mom).
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" could also be tense or unsettling for some viewers, but most are played with some degree of comedy.
  • Dropped off on a deserted and desolate street corner in Harlem at night, Bobby and Ricky suddenly find themselves surrounded by many men on motorcycles (but everything turns out to be okay).
  • Knife: Held by a bad guy to Bobby's neck.
  • Starter pistol: Used by Ricky to intimidate some bad guys.
  • Handgun: Aimed by Jimmy at some bad guys.
  • Phrases: "F*ck you," "Where the f*ck you been?" "Get off the f*cking phone," "Who the f*ck /is he/do you think you're talking to?" "F*ck him," "What the f*ck are you doing?" "Get the f*ck off me," "Shut the f*ck up," "You fat m*therf*cker," "F*ck that sorry sh*t," "Who the f*ck knows," "F*ck this sh*t," "You f*cking sissy," "Get the f*ck out of the room," "Butt f*cker," "You f*cked me" (nonsexual), *Sh*tty," "I don't give a sh*t," "Horsesh*t," "Cut that sh*t out," "Can you believe this sh*t?" "Don't be a little sh*t," "They didn't say sh*t," "Sh*t's going down," "Did you see that sh*t?" "You look like sh*t," "What the hell /was that/is going on here?" "You guys suck," "Fag," "Busting my ass," "Nuts" (crazy), "Damn straight," "You bet your ass I would," "Kick ass," "Pissed," "Guineas" (what Ruiz calls Bobby and Ricky), "You're damn right" and "Bitch."
  • Jessica and Ruiz have tattoos on their arms.
  • Ricky stands up through a vehicle's sunroof as the car travels down the road.
  • Ricky gives a waitress a tip at a club and says he's doing so in case he later calls her a "bitch."
  • None.
  • A tiny bit of ominous/suspenseful music plays during the film.
  • A song has a lyric that sounded like "When I ball" (possibly used sexually) and includes something about being "horny."
  • Various songs had lyrics that couldn't be understood, thus offering the possibility of them containing potentially objectionable material.
  • Due to the rapid fire delivery of some of the dialogue, the following should be considered a minimum: At least 253 "f' words (20 used with "mother," 4 used sexually as is the term "laid"), 66 "s" words, 2 slang terms using male genitals ("c*cks*cker"), 2 slang terms for breasts ("t*tties"), 22 asses (7 used with "hole"), 9 hells, 5 damns, 6 uses of "G-damn," 3 of "Swear to God," 2 each of "Jesus Christ" and "Oh God" and 1 use each of "God," "Jesus," "My God" and "Oh my God" as exclamations.
  • We see Jessica in her bra (showing cleavage) as she prepares to go work as a stripper at a bachelor party. Once there, we see her and another scantly clad woman giving various men lap dances and doing suggestive dancing around them. That other woman then rubs her bare breasts against a man's body (we see her bare back and the side of her bare breasts). Jessica then entertains one man by putting her head down into his clothed crotch.
  • After making eye contact with a woman at a construction site, Ricky says, "She wants to f*ck me."
  • We see a drawing/sketch in Max's office that shows a bare-breasted woman.
  • Ricky wears a shirt that shows the silhouette of a shapely woman (similar to or the same as that seen on many truck mud flaps in real life).
  • Jessica shows more cleavage.
  • Bobby complains to Jessica that her dancing partner's husband, who's now her driver, is a pimp who encourages his wife to turn tricks with her customers.
  • Ricky wants a flight attendant to go back into coach and round up some "honeys" for him and Bobby and bring them to their hotel room.
  • Ricky states, "If I was a fag, I could get laid on the subway" (in response to a bellhop/hotel worker wondering what sex he's interested in).
  • After one of the guys closes the limo divider he tells the other man that he doesn't want Jimmy thinking that "you're f*cking blowing me" (which he isn't doing).
  • Ruiz takes the Welshman aside in a club, asking him if he likes "big t*tties" and the Welshman says that he does.
  • After Ricky and Bobby have taken some women back to their hotel room, one of the women asks about Ricky, "Should I f*ck him?" Another woman then tells her if she want to "f*ck him," to go ahead and do so and Ricky then walks out wearing just a robe. He then tells her that he has a surprise for that first woman and has her go into the bathroom with him. We later see him in the tub (under bubbles) with her outside the tub, clothed, but nothing else happens.
  • Bobby makes a comment about not wanting Jessica to "grind her ass" on other men's erections to make a living.
  • We briefly see a painting that shows a bare-breasted woman.
  • Ricky smokes more than 5 times, while Jimmy, Horrace and Tom the Welshman each smoke a few times, and various miscellaneous people also smoke.
  • Jessica gives her daughter to Bobby when they apparently split up (but the scene is short and without any tearful goodbyes).
  • Ricky's know-it-all attitude and how it keeps getting him and Bobby into trouble.
  • Those who work for/do favors for mobsters.
  • There's some boxing violence between Bobby and Ricky during a match.
  • Mad at a man at a bachelor party for pawing Jessica, Bobby rushes over and punches this man several times.
  • Bobby and Ricky get into an argument in a hotel room that turns into a brief fight/struggle where they end up knocking over items in the room.
  • Upset that a man won't get off a pay phone they need to use, Ricky grabs the phone and repeatedly hits the man over the head with it.
  • Ricky and Bobby get into another fight, and punch and struggle with each other on the street.
  • A criminal business transaction goes bad as some men rush out and knock Horrace to the floor, while another holds a knife to Bobby's neck and another hits the Welshman on the head with a glass. Ricky then enters and holds a gun on them, but the others realize it's a starter pistol. Bobby then punches one of the bad guys and a general melee breaks out, with many people punching others and hitting some with chairs. Jimmy finally enters and holds a real gun on the bad guys and the scene ends there.

  • Reviewed June 27, 2001 / Posted July 20, 2001

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