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"A MAN APART"
(2003) (Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Extreme Extreme Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild Minor Extreme *None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Moderate Heavy Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama/Action: A DEA agent seeks revenge on the drug lord responsible for murdering his wife.
PLOT:
Sean Vetter (VIN DIESEL) and Demetrius Hicks (LARENZ TATE) are undercover DEA agents who've been working for seven years trying to bag Mexican drug lord Guillermo "Memo" Lucero (GENO SILVA). They finally succeed, but not before Lucero tells Vetter that he's made a big and dangerous mistake.

Months later, a new drug lord known only as "Diablo" is staking his claim on the cartels. Unaware of that, Sean has a seaside party with his wife, Stacy (JACQUELINE OBRADORS), Demetrius, boss Ty Frost (STEVE EASTIN), their drug dealer informant, Big Sexy (GEORGE SHARPERSON), and others. That night, gunmen break into the house, seriously injure Sean and mortally wound Stacy.

After recovering from his wounds, Sean not only wants to bring down the latest cartel, but also get revenge on whoever killed his wife. Starting with Big Sexy, he and Demetrius then start working their way up the drug pipeline, including meeting drug dealer Hollywood Jack Slayton (TIMOTHY OLYPHANT). With limited help from Lucero, Sean then sets out to bring down everyone involved in the drug trade, even if it means breaking the law and risking his own life while doing so.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of someone in the cast or gritty, action-filled cop-like dramas, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong graphic violence, language, drug content and sexuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • VIN DIESEL plays an undercover DEA agent who goes on a vengeful and murderous rampage against various drug figures after one of them has his wife murdered. He uses strong profanity, smokes and breaks the law in various ways in his efforts.
  • LARENZ TATE plays his partner who also uses strong profanity and kills various bad guys, but begins to question Sean's mental stability.
  • JACQUELINE OBRADORS plays Sean's loving wife who's murdered.
  • GENO SILVA plays the drug lord that Sean and Demetrius captured and imprisoned who may be responsible for Stacy's murder.
  • TIMOTHY OLYPHANT plays a flamboyant L.A. based drug dealer who uses strong profanity and kills a person.
  • STEVE EASTIN plays Sean's boss who also begins to question his stability.
  • GEORGE SHARPERSON plays a local drug dealer who's in cahoots with Sean and Demetrius, helps them shoot up a place and uses profanity.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this R-rated action drama. Profanity consists of at least 90 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some brief, sexually explicit dialogue is present, as is the sight of various women in skimpy or revealing attire (that show bare breasts and butts). One such woman wants to give a man a lap dance, but he refuses her offer.

    Violence consists of scores of people being killed by various means (mostly being shot by a tremendous amount of gunfire, others being stabbed and another being pummeled to death). Various instances of that have bloody and/or gory results and those scenes and others may be unsettling, tense or suspenseful to viewers.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including various drug dealers and murders. While drugs (mostly cocaine) are seen but not used, one man does smoke a joint. Others smoke cigarettes and/or drink liquor of varying sorts. Meanwhile, two men must deal with their wives (and in one case, a child) being murdered.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • During the opening credits, we see cocaine being cut apart. We then see people working with and packaging cocaine.
  • Various people have drinks.
  • Stacy has wine.
  • Various people drink at a party.
  • Sean drinks liquor from a mini-bottle.
  • Sean and others find drugs in a car trunk. They then find drugs and drug paraphernalia on the floor of a house.
  • Hollywood Jack drinks some beer.
  • People have drinks in a club, including Sean.
  • Various people drink at a club.
  • A guy smokes a joint.
  • Some guy on the street has a beer.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • During the opening credits, we see various still photos of dead and/or executed people, some of whom are bloody.
  • A woman walks up and repeatedly shoots a man (first in the head with blood and/or brain splatter coming out).
  • After a gun attack, both Sean and Stacy are bloody (she on her head, he on both sides of his tank-top).
  • Sean and Demetrius discover various murder victims in a house, all of which are bloody with graphic wounds (one has a slit throat, and another is tied up with the name "Diablo" carved into the skin on his back).
  • Hollywood Jack shoots a man in the back of the head, with blood splattering into an open refrigerator.
  • A man's face is very bloody after Sean pummels him (and Sean has that man's blood on him).
  • A man's face is very bloody.
  • Sean roughs up a dealer and we later see that man with a bloody face.
  • Sean has blood on his face after being cut.
  • A man who's been shot has blood from his mouth.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All of the drug dealers, murderers and others involved with them obviously have extreme cases of bad attitudes.
  • Sean and Demetrius bend and/or break the law to do their jobs.
  • Hollywood Jack has a bad and defiant attitude toward Sean and uses the term "jig" to refer to a black person.
  • A dealer refers to Sean as a "faggot" when he refuses a lap dance.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might also be disturbing, tense or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Sean and Demetrius slowly make their way through a dark house at night with their guns drawn and discover various murder victims (with blood and gore) before getting into a gun battle with another guy in the attic. Demetrius then slowly makes his way up into the attic to talk to that man who aims his gun at him.
  • To get a suspect to talk, Sean removes all but one bullet from his revolver, spins the chamber and then aims it at the guy's head, even pulling the trigger several times.
  • After a dealer refers to Sean as a "faggot" when he refuses a lap dance, Sean confronts him, while the dealer's henchman move closer in case something happens (it doesn't).
  • Sean and Demetrius slowly make their way through a drug lord's headquarters with their guns drawn and then have some close encounters with various thugs, including one who attempts to cut out Sean's eyes (but is interrupted from doing so).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Shotguns/Machine guns/Knives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill many people. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Shut the f*ck up," "F*ck you," "Get the f*ck out (of here)," "Stupid m*therf*cker," "This is f*cking ridiculous," "Stupid f*cks," "You f*cked up," "I know I f*cked up," "I'm not f*cking with you," "Get the f*ck down," "Do your thing, I'm reloading my sh*t," "Piece of sh*t," "Sh*tload" (in subtitles), "Knucklehead," "Get the hell out of here," "Don't you move bitch" (what Demetrius' young daughter says to Sean in imitating a DEA agent arresting someone), "Nigger(s)" (said by Big Sexy, who's black), "Fat ass," "Hell no," "Kiss my ass," "Black ass," "Stupid ass," "Nuts" (testicles), "What the hell /are you doing/was that?" "Bitch" (a man about a woman), "Sloppy ass" and "Shut up."
  • Various characters have tattoos.
  • To get a suspect to talk, Sean removes all but one bullet from his revolver, spins the chamber and then aims it at the guy's head, even pulling the trigger several times.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • Sudden gunfire might startle some viewers.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of ominous and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None that we heard, but various songs had lyrics that couldn't be heard or understood, thus offering the possibility of potentially objectionable content being in them.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 90 "f" words (9 used with "mother," 2 used sexually), 20 "s" words, 2 slang terms using male genitals ("c*cks*cker"), 8 damns, 7 asses (1 used with "hole"), 5 hells, 1 crap, 1 S.O.B., 2 uses each of "G-damn" and "Jesus" and 1 use each of "Christ" and "God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see various scantily clad women at a party, including one wearing a thong bottom (thus we see most of her bare butt) and a sheer top that crisscrosses her breasts (which are revealed through it). She seductively dances with another woman and then dances with Lucero (he runs his hand along her bare butt cheek). During this, the camera briefly focuses on her butt.
  • After Stacy gives Ty an enlightenment candle, Sean jokes that she should be giving him the Viagra one.
  • Stacy jumps up and wraps her bare legs around Sean when he returns home (she's wearing just a jersey).
  • Demetrius, Sean and Big Sexy all watch a woman remove her clothes down to her bikini at the beach (we see cleavage as well as her bending over from behind and spreading out her bikini bottom across her butt). Demetrius then laments why women don't just want to "f*ck" "right here, right now." He then add, "Get their f*ck on." Big Sexy then states that both Sean and Demetrius are "whipped."
  • A classic style painting shows the lower half of a nude woman (nothing terribly explicit).
  • We see a bare-breasted dancer in a thong bottom (that shows most of her bare butt) doing some pole dancing in a club. We see another woman in a thong bottom. Later, one of those women (bare-breasted and in thong bottom) comes over and straddles Sean's lap (facing him), wanting to give him a lap dance. He wants nothing of that and she leaves in a huff.
  • A few miscellaneous women show cleavage.
  • SMOKING
  • Sean smokes more than 5 times, a dealer smokes several times, Big Sexy smokes a cigar and various miscellaneous characters smoke (one a cigar).
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Sean must deal with his wife's murder.
  • Lucero must deal with the deaths of his wife and child.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The overall illegal drug business, those involved with it and those trying to stop it.
  • Revenge.
  • Death of a spouse.
  • VIOLENCE
  • During the opening credits, we see various still photos of dead and/or executed people, some of whom are bloody.
  • As a raid on Lucero's place begins, an agent grabs and struggles with a guard. Other agents then burst in, throw smoke and/or concussion grenades, and shoot various people with machine guns. Panic ensues, an agent throws one bad guy down and more people are shot. Vetter then chases after a cab that's driving Lucero away, but catches it in traffic. He then punches the driver (a shot is fired) and then elbows and throws him to the street and holds a shotgun on Lucero.
  • We see a person who's been murdered and then see men shoot other people dead in several scenes.
  • A man shoots another person dead.
  • A woman walks up and repeatedly shoots a man (first in the head with blood and/or brain splatter coming out).
  • Sean is awakened to find various armed intruders in his home at night in the dark. They shoot at him and he shoots back, resulting in various people being shot and wounded or killed.
  • Someone suddenly opens fire on Sean and Demetrius down from the attic through the ceiling at them. They then fire back, but no one is injured.
  • To get a suspect to talk, Sean removes all but one bullet from his revolver, spins the chamber and then aims it at the guy's head, even pulling the trigger several times.
  • Sean grabs Hollywood Jack by the hair and yanks him from his convertible. After more defiant attitude from HJ, Sean punches him in the face and grabs him by the throat.
  • Hollywood Jack shoots a man in the back of the head, with blood splattering into an open refrigerator.
  • The inside of a truck catches on fire (we see a person whose arm is on fire) and the truck then explodes, killing a woman, her child and at least two men.
  • After finding the guy who killed his wife, Sean bashes the guy's head against a car and then repeatedly punches him in the face. He keeps doing that until the guy is dead. A person then approaches with a gun drawn, but a third person shoots them dead. A massive gun battle breaks out between drug dealers and agents, while a car is purposefully detonated and explodes. The gun battle goes on for several minutes with Demetrius also shooting that pummeled man to make it look like that's what killed him. During this, many people are shot and killed, including a woman who's then graphically run over by a car.
  • A man opens fire in a club with a massive machine, riddling the place with gunfire. Others come in and shoot down through tables and rough up some people.
  • Sean roughs up a dealer and we later see that man with a bloody face, suggesting Sean and Demetrius have beaten him more.
  • A guard shoots a man dead.
  • Demetrius grabs a guard, struggles with him and then shoots him in the side to keep him quiet (apparently killing him).
  • A man hits Sean from behind and then gets him into a chokehold, eventually rendering him unconscious. Another man then orders that man to cut out Sean's eyes, but a gunshot (Demetrius shooting another man dead) interrupts them and the man just ends up cutting Sean's face. Sean then struggles with that man and repeatedly stabs him in the back with a knife.
  • Demetrius shoots several guards dead with a machine gun after being shot and wounded himself.
  • Sean struggles with a bad guy and is shot several times. That man then has his foot on Sean underwater and tries to drown him, but Sean shoots the bad guy dead.



  • Reviewed April 1, 2003 / Posted March 4, 2003

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