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"THE RUNDOWN"
(2003) (The Rock, Seann William Scott) (PG-13)

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


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure/Comedy: A bounty hunter travels to the Amazon to retrieve a treasure hunter and runs into more resistance than he imagined.
PLOT:
Beck (THE ROCK) is an L.A. bounty hunter who's big and resourceful enough to get whomever or whatever his boss, Billy, wants. What Beck desires, however, is to get out of the business and open his own restaurant. His boss agrees to let him do that, but only if he completes one last job.

That's to travel to the Amazon and retrieve his boss's errant son, Travis (SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT), who's searching for treasure but has gotten into enough trouble that his angry dad has had to bail him out. Flown into the jungle by Declan (EWEN BREMNER), Beck imagines he'll find and retrieve Travis with little fuss.

After making a deal with businessman Hatcher (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN) who uses the locals as slave labor to mine gold, Beck finds Travis and his bartender friend, Mariana (ROSARIO DAWSON). Hatcher has a change of heart, however, and won't let Beck remove Travis. That results in an altercation that has Hatcher and his right-hand man, Harvey (JON GRIES), wanting all of them dead.

Following various perilous encounters with them, native rebels and some amorous monkeys, Beck tries to fulfill his mission, all while Travis and Marianna try to retrieve a legendary gold piece that both believe will help them in their respective quests.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anyone in the cast or stunt and fight-filled action comedies, it's a good bet they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For adventure violence and some crude dialogue.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • THE ROCK plays a bounty hunter who wants to open his own restaurant but must complete one last job for his boss before doing so. While trying to retrieve Travis from the Amazon, he fights and presumably kills various people and uses some profanity.
  • SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT an errant son, treasure hunter and smart aleck who's in trouble in the Amazon and tries to prevent Beck from returning him to his father. He uses some profanity.
  • ROSARIO DAWSON plays the local bartender who turns out to be a rebel leader out to overthrow Hatcher and his slave labor operation.
  • CHRISTOPHER WALKEN plays a ruthless businessman who uses the locals as slave labor to operate his gold mine operation. He kills or has others killed.
  • EWEN BREMNER plays a local bush pilot who flies Beck into the Amazon.
  • JON GRIES plays Hatcher's menacing right-hand man.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this action-adventure flick that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 11 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Some sexually related dialogue is present, and a visual gag has a jungle monkey humping a human.

    Violence consists of a great deal of fighting and gunfire, resulting in many people being wounded or killed. While mostly bloodless (a few scrapes, etc. are present), some of the violence is rather harsh/brutal in force/impact. Some of those scenes and a few others may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers but most of them are played for laughs and action rather than suspense or realism. Some of the fighting and stunts may be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, some smoke or drink and a few characters react to consuming (unknowingly) hallucinogenic fruit. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, some of that occurs in an early scene set in a club.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • People have drinks in a club.
  • Billy has a drink.
  • People have drinks in a bar.
  • Miscellaneous people drink.
  • Beck has a beer, as does Travis.
  • Mariana gives Travis and Beck some sort of local fruit that causes them to hallucinate (played for laughs as we see their point of view of exaggerated faces, etc.).
  • Declan has a beer.
  • Mariana tells Beck she'd offer him a beer, but she thinks he blew up her bar.
  • Beck gives several men the above hallucinogenic fruit that causes them to hallucinate (played for laughs as we see their point of view).
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Beck has a little bit of a bloody lip after a scuffle.
  • One of Hatcher's men whips a laborer's hand, leaving some slightly bloody marks on it.
  • Travis tells Beck that he has to pee, but that Beck must unzip him since his hands are cuffed behind his back. Beck reluctantly does so, but Travis then complains that he can't get "it" (his penis) out, and then jumps around trying to force it out. We then hear sounds of him urinating after he talks to his penis (which we don't see).
  • Travis has a little blood on his face while Beck has a little on his chest following a fight.
  • Beck has some slightly bloody scrapes on his face.
  • A miscellaneous wounded man has some blood on his arm.
  • Beck has a little blood on his face, as does Travis.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • A football player with a high gambling debt is rude to Beck and throws his drink in his face.
  • Beck's boss has a bad attitude and even punches his own son.
  • Travis lies to some tribesmen (in their native tongue) about Beck so that they'll spare him and do something bad to Beck. He also has a cocky attitude toward Beck.
  • Hatcher is demeaning to the local people he uses as slave labor. He also kills or has his people kill or attempt to kill others.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • It's possible that scenes listed under "Violence" might also be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers but most of them as well as those listed here are played for laughs and action rather than suspense or realism.
  • Travis causes the jeep Beck's driving to careen off a cliff. That results in the two men falling, sliding and bouncing a long way down a steep embankment (they're tossed around like rag dolls). Beck crashes through various trees, Travis falls into him and both fall into a body of water where their jeep nearly lands on them.
  • While trapped hanging upside down by ropes around their ankles, Travis and Beck have some close encounters with large, menacing-looking monkeys.
  • The fireball from a methane gas explosion nearly hits Travis.
  • Beck strains to support various logs holding up large rocks as Beck and Mariana try to retrieve an artifact. As all of that starts to collapse, the three run out.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Machine guns/Handguns/Knives/Whips/Hatchets: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Bullsh*t," "Holy sh*t," "Who gives a sh*t?" "D*ckhead," "Give a flying fornication," "Bitch" (man), "Get your ass out of here," "You're G*ddamn right you are," "Pissed off," "You know damn well," "Shut up," "Who the hell do you think you are?" "Jackass," "Suck," "Pisses," "Speedy little bastards," "Freaking," "You suck," "My ass," "What the hell does that mean?" "Bloody" (adjective) and "Still the smart ass."
  • All of the fighting and other stunts may be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Beck and various tribesmen have various tattoos on their bodies.
  • Mariana gives "the finger" to Hatcher.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A moderate amount of action-oriented and some suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song had lyrics that we couldn't understand, thus presenting the possibility of it potentially containing objectionable material.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 11 "s" words, 6 slang terms using male genitals ("d*ck," what sounded like "peento" and another foreign term), 10 asses (4 used with "hole"), 6 hells, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 damn, 2 uses of "G-damn" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes," "Good God" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a few quick shots of women in partially revealing clothing in a club.
  • Mariana shows some cleavage (usually glistening with sweat) in several scenes.
  • When Beck tells Mariana that he's looking for a man (Travis), she jokingly asks, "What's your type?"
  • Beck tells Travis that one of the reasons he was hired to bring him back was, "You slept with the wrong guy's wife."
  • A monkey jumps on Beck (who's hanging upside down by a rope around his ankle) and starts humping his clothed body. After they find themselves in a precarious situation, Beck jokingly says, "I'm starting to long for a monkey with a hard-on."
  • While still hampered by the effects of a hallucinogenic fruit that Mariana gave them (meaning they can barely move and can only mumble), Beck and Travis spot some amorous monkeys (from above) approaching them (nothing else happens, and played for laughs).
  • SMOKING
  • Various miscellaneous characters smoke in various scenes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Billy punches Travis (his son) in the face.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • People who profit off using others as slave labor.
  • Bounty hunters.
  • Searching for treasure.
  • The Amazon.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see quick images of hard contact football violence on the field.
  • A football player with a high gambling debt is rude to Beck and throws his drink in his face. His teammates then repeatedly come at Beck and try to attack him. In turn, Beck punches, kicks, flips, knees, pins and otherwise repels the various attempts at harming him (including disarming a guy who pulls a handgun and avoiding being hit by a chair). One player drives Beck back into a wall and Beck blocks a punch with a turntable that he then uses to smash that guy in the face. He then throws the turntable to knock down the initial fleeing player and then bends his arm back (causing pain) to get a ring he was after. All is done in an action/adventure sort of fashion, but much of the contact is rather brutal.
  • One of Billy's men twice shoots Beck with some beanbag-like objects that knock Beck to the ground and cause pain.
  • One of Hatcher's men whips a laborer's hand, leaving some slightly bloody marks on it.
  • Travis tries to hit Beck and then head-butts him (causing Travis pain, not Beck), prompting Beck to hit, pin and kick Travis.
  • Some warning shots are fired into the floor near Beck. He then sends a chair flying at several of Hatcher's men who open fire on him in a bar. He then throws Travis to the floor and flies through the air, grabbing one guy around the neck with his legs and smashing him to the floor. He then trips another, avoids a knife jabbed at him, throws one attacker into a group of others, disarms one man and catches a whip that another man tries to hit him with, all before fleeing with Travis.
  • Travis causes the jeep Beck's driving to careen off a cliff. That results in the two men falling, sliding and bouncing a long way down a steep embankment (they're tossed around like rag dolls). Beck crashes through various trees, Travis falls into him and both fall into a body of water where their jeep nearly lands on them.
  • After Travis tries to kick him several times, Beck twice punches him in the face. Travis then kicks Beck in the gut or crotch and then gets him in a stranglehold from behind. Beck then bashes Travis back into a tree, flips him over and then pins him to the ground with his arm and then his foot (on Travis' neck).
  • Harvey randomly shoots down into a valley in the general direction of Beck and Travis.
  • Beck repeatedly pushes Travis along.
  • After both Travis and Beck end up in leg snare's that result in them hanging upside down from trees by ropes around their ankles, Beck punches Travis.
  • Some rebel forces fire warning shots to make some monkeys flee the area.
  • Several small, but limber and muscular tribesman repeatedly punch, kick and otherwise hit and knock Beck around a jungle. Two then swing down on ropes, pick him and send him flying through the air. He then falls down through a tree, hitting many large branches (including landing on his crotch on one) before hitting the ground. He then fights with more and dodges various hatchet-like weapons thrown at him. Beck finally gets the upper hand, punches various assailants, and bashes others with a burning log. One pulls a knife on him, but he grabs it and holds it to that man's throat before being hit on the head with a log.
  • Hatcher's men open fire on various tribesmen with machine guns, wounding or killing many of them (no blood). We then see quick shots of Hatcher's men hitting, shooting and slicing various tribesmen (no blood). Beck punches Travis, Mariana shoots a guy dead, a tribesman shoots various attackers, and Hatcher shoots a tribesman dead as Mariana, Beck and Travis escape.
  • Mariana nearly shoots Travis (Beck knocks her gun away).
  • Beck punches a surveillance camera.
  • A cattle stampede through a village causes some property damage and various men are knocked aside by it.
  • Beck punches, hits and otherwise strikes various men as others shoot at him and Travis (who shoots back with two handguns).
  • A man throws Travis around inside a store. Travis then pushes hard on the man's eyes and stomps down on his foot.
  • Men riddle a bus with machine gun fire, trying to hit Travis who's trapped inside.
  • Beck shoots and kills various bad guys (no blood).
  • A large vehicle explodes.
  • A water tower crashes down onto two vehicles, hitting at least one man inside one of them.
  • Beck punches and otherwise breaks various building support beams, causing a roof to collapse and several men to fall to the ground.
  • Three men strike Beck with whips as well as punch and kick him. One snaps his whip around Beck's neck and then yanks it back, spinning Beck through the air. Beck then strikes some of those men.
  • Travis shoots one man, while Beck shoots a gun from Hatcher's hand and Mariana shoots Hatcher in the arm (no blood).
  • A man is shot several times (no blood) and tries to walk away, but then collapses.
  • Billy punches Travis in the face.



  • Reviewed September 23, 2003 / Posted September 26, 2003

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