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"DERAILED"
(2005) (Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
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Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
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Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Mild Moderate Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Suspense/Thriller: A married man must contend with a violent thug's extortion of him after that man catches him about to have an affair with another woman.
PLOT:
Charles Schine (CLIVE OWEN) is a commercial executive whose marriage to wife Deanne (MELISSA GEORGE) might be strained, but their love for their diabetic daughter Amy (ADDISON TIMLIN) -- whose medical needs has financially tapped them -- isn't in question.

One day, while on the way to work via the commuter train, Charles realizes he doesn't have enough money to pay for his ticket. Just then, a stranger, financial worker Lucinda Harris (JENNIFER ANISTON), offers to pay his way. The two end up becoming commuting friends, eventually leading to lunches and then the thoughts of having a fling despite her saying she's also married, albeit unhappily, with a child. After a night of drinking and some hesitation on both their parts, they get a room.

And then the door bursts open and Laroche (VINCENT CASSEL), a French thug storms in to rob them, but ends up beating up Charles and sexually assaulting Lucinda. Stating that her husband would take their daughter if he learned she was cheating on him, Lucinda tells Charles they can't call the police. Thus, he lies to both his family and coworkers, such as mail room guy Winston Boyko (THE RZA), about being mugged.

He thinks the incident is behind him, but then Laroche -- who has his and Lucinda's wallets -- calls him up, demanding money since Charles canceled his credit cards. Charles complies, meeting Laroche's violent accomplice Dexter (XZIBIT) in the process, but then realizes he's never going to get rid of Laroche who's embedded himself deeper into Charles' life and family, with Deanne and Amy unaware of who or what he really is, and with Charles unable to tell them lest his adulterous ways be revealed.

Charles then decides to bring in outside help, but when that person is killed, he must not only deal with a local cop, Detective Church (GIANCARLO ESPOSITO), thinking he's the prime suspect, but also Laroche who's becoming increasingly demanding and dangerous to him and his family.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be interested in it, as might anyone who's a fan of someone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong disturbing violence, language and some sexuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
To avoid giving away the developments and revelations that occur later in the film, only the initial and non-spoiler characteristics are noted below.
  • CLIVE OWEN plays a married commercial executive who isn't close to his wife anymore, but is concerned about their diabetic daughter's medical status. He ends up nearly having an affair with Lucinda, but Laroche's robbery, beating and attack stops that. After that, he must deal with the robber extorting him and then try to figure out where to get the money (he ends up stealing something from his company). He uses strong profanity, smokes, drinks and ends up killing some bad people.
  • JENNIFER ANISTON plays a financial worker who nearly cheats on her man with Charles, but ends up sexually assaulted by Laroche. She doesn't want to go to the police due to the potential repercussions and must deal with the subsequent developments. She briefly uses strong profanity.
  • VINCENT CASSEL plays a robber who beats up Charles and sexually assaults Lucinda while robbing them. He then ends up extorting Charles for a great deal of money. He kills someone, uses strong profanity and smokes.
  • MELISSA GEORGE plays Charles' wife, a teacher who's grown apart from him and worries about their daughter. She briefly uses strong profanity.
  • ADDISON TIMLIN plays their diabetic daughter who isn't optimistic about her future.
  • THE RZA plays the mail guy where Charles works who has a criminal past for drug dealing and says he killed someone in prison. He agrees to help Charles with his problem, uses strong profanity, smokes and evidently tried to steal computers from his company in the past.
  • XZIBIT plays Laroche's brutal assistant who uses strong profanity and threatens and/or roughs up others.
  • GIANCARLO ESPOSITO plays the detective who eyes Charles as a potential suspect in a recent killing.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated suspense/thriller where some things that seem to be real/true at the time, later prove not to be. That said, profanity consists of at least 51 "f" words, while other expletives, colorful phrases and sexually explicit dialogue is also present. Two married people nearly have an affair (they make out and partially disrobe in a motel room), while we see what initially appears to be a rape (movement, but no sexual sounds -- but that's reclassified with a later revelation that removes the violence from the equation).

    Other real violence includes various people being killed (by gunfire and a stabbing) as well as fighting and other such physical contact. Some of that has rather bloody results, and those scenes and other moments of peril might be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.

    Various characters have bad attitudes (including the villains, but also the husband for trying to have an affair), while tense family material is present in the form of a chilly marriage and parents worrying about their sick daughter. Meanwhile, various characters smoke and/or drink. 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
  • Lucinda talks of her rebellious younger years and says she "called it getting lit" (presumably meaning drunk).
  • About a past favor, Charles tells Winston to buy him a beer sometime.
  • Charles and Lucinda have wine with lunch.
  • Charles and Lucinda have wine with another meal.
  • We see Charles and Lucinda drinking shots in a bar where others drink and Lucinda jokingly states that she's going to drink him under the bar.
  • We see a glass of wine on the edge of the bathtub near Charles.
  • Winston admits that he served time for using and dealing drugs in the past.
  • Charles and Winston have beer in a bar where others drink. Winston then orders a double scotch for Charles.
  • Charles has a drink in front of him in a bar, while Det. Church then joins him and orders a scotch.
  • Charles has a drink in front of him at home.
  • Lucinda and another man have wine.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Charles's face is very bloody after Laroche severely beats him. The next morning, we see cuts and dried blood on his face as well as some on his shirt.
  • Lucinda appears to have a bruise on her arm after Laroche's attack.
  • We hear what sounds like Lucinda vomiting in the bathroom.
  • A car window suddenly shatters as a person is shot and we see blood on the back of the victim's head as well as on his face. We then see blood dripping down from the car onto the road.
  • Laroche has some blood on his head after being hit there and then spits out a tooth from his bloody mouth.
  • Various people who've been shot in one scene are bloody (on their skin and/or clothing).
  • We see blood from a stab wound and some from the victim's mouth.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Not everything turns out to be what it initially seems (due to later revelations, etc.) but does appear real as it occurs and is listed here as such.
  • Laroche and those who work with him have bad attitudes for their criminal ways.
  • Charles calls Deanne and lies about being busy so that he can go off and have an affair, while we also see Lucinda on the phone, presumably doing the same.
  • Winston admits that he served time for using and dealing drugs in the past and admits that he killed another inmate in prison in the past to save himself.
  • Lucinda tells Charles that she had an abortion (following the rape -- although we later learn this is a lie).
  • We learn that Charles caught Winston stealing computers from their company but did not turn him in (sometime in the past).
  • Winston says he'll take 10% ($10,000) of the money Laroche is trying to extort from Charles, to get the thug out of Charles's life.
  • Charles lies to the police about shooting and killing some villains and must then avoid allowing Det. Church to see him there.
  • We learn that Charles stole money from his company in order to pay Laroche (and he gets six months of time teaching inmates for his embezzlement).
  • Laroche tells Charles that he's "going to f*ck with your life" and then asks if his daughter is still a virgin.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence," "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • That said, not everything turns out to be what it initially seems (due to later revelations, etc.) but does appear real as it occurs and is listed here as such.
  • Charles hears an alarm go off and races to Amy's bedroom where he finds her convulsing on the floor. Deanne races there and quickly gives her a shot of insulin as both try to comfort her (she's okay later).
  • After catching Charles and Lucinda in a motel room, Laroche punches Charles in the face and then holds his handgun to his head. When it looks like he's going to rape her, Charles attacks Laroche who easily beats him off, with Charles falling and hitting the back of his head on some furniture. Laroche then repeatedly punches and hits Charles on the floor until he's dazed, bloody and then unconscious. He then proceeds to rape Lucinda on the bed.
  • After Charles thinks he's done with Laroche after that one encounter, the robber then calls and extorts him.
  • Charles gets a call from Laroche that he realizes has originated from his home. Thus, Charles races home, only to find Laroche acting like a charming business associates of Charles's, thus fooling Deanne and Amy who seem to like him (but this infuriates and drives Charles crazy). When they leave the room, Laroche pushes Charles back against a wall and grabs his crotch, smashing his testicles and causing Charles a great deal of pain until he finally lets go and leaves.
  • A car window suddenly shatters as a person is shot and we see blood on the back of the victim's head as well as on his face. We then see blood dripping down from the car onto the road.
  • After a man with Charles is shot by someone else, Charles tries to remain calm as a cop shows up and asks about the man (Charles says he's drunk, while we see blood dripping down from the car to the road, but the cop doesn't see it). Moments later, Charles tries to drive the car into a body of water to conceal the murder (that he didn't commit), but the car only goes part of the way into the water and then gets stuck, with Charles trying to push it in further, but he can't (and worries that others might see him, so he quickly leaves).
  • Charles gets a call from Laroche who claims he has Charles' girl (we hear muffled sounds in the background) and says he's going to kill Charles' women. When Charles then goes to the drop spot with his money, he sees Dexter holding a gun to Lucinda's head on a couch. Laroche then holds his gun on Charles.
  • We see Laroche and Dexter prepping their guns as they prepare for another robbery. Unbeknownst to them, Charles is preparing to ambush them and slowly makes his way up behind Laroche in the motel hallway.
  • Charles holds his gun on one of Laroche's conspirators, but another man grabs Charles and they struggle. The gun fires and hits the conspirator, while Laroche then repeatedly shoots the other man (trying to hit Charles). Charles then shoots Laroche and then struggles with Dexter who kicks in the door, but ends up being shot. Some of those who were shot end up dead and all are bloody.
  • Charles learns that someone in prison knows of his entire involvement with Laroche and the near affair before it. He then slowly goes to meet the person who left a message of sorts indicating the person knew that.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Shiv: Used to threaten, wound or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck you," "M*therf*cker," "Just shut the f*ck up," "I'll blow your f*cking heads apart," "That stupid f*ck," "You f*cking asshole," "Don't f*cking move," "F*ck you," "Get the f*ck out of my house," "You upper-crust m*therf*cker," "I'm going out of my f*cking mind," "Pepé Le Pew m*therf*cker" (for a French person), "Crazy m*therf*ck," "You f*cking piece of sh*t," "You f*cking explain yourself," "What the f*ck /is that/are you looking at?" "F*ck the money," "When you just wanted to f*ck her," "I'm gonna f*ck with your life," "Oh sh*t," "You piece of sh*t," "All kinds of sh*t," "Holy sh*t," "I don't give a sh*t," "You look like sh*t," "Sh*tload," "You miserable piece of sh*t," "Sh*tty," "Little punk," "Shut up," " "Jeez," "Screwed up," "That bastard," "Such a fine piece of ass," "What the hell happened?" "Bitch" (man and woman), "Anything else is just pissing in the wind," "I'm gonna do you a solid," "Monkey ass," "Screw you," "Freezing her ass off," "Losers," "A real hard ass type" and "What the hell is this?"
  • It's possible some teens could be inspired to try to set up a similar style con on others (as occurs here).
  • When Charles jokingly calls Lucinda a loan shark and asks if she breaks legs too, she replies, "Just balls."
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A car window suddenly shatters as a person is shot.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song had at least 1 use of the "f" word in it, while also containing other lyrics that we couldn't hear/understand (like other songs), thus presenting the possibility of potentially containing other objectionable content.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 51 "f" words (11 used with "mother," 8 used sexually), 18 "s" words, 3 slang terms using female genitals ("p*ssy"), 10 asses (5 used with "hole"), 2 hells, 1 S.O.B., 4 uses of "Jesus" and 1 use each of "G-damn," "For Christ's sakes," "For God's sakes," "Oh Jesus," "Oh my God" and "Swear to God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a shot of Deanne in the shower in the background of the scene. We see her bare back through the frosted glass shower door, but the view below that is blocked.
  • We see Charles's POV as he stares at Lucinda's shapely, stocking covered legs on the commuter train.
  • Lucinda shows a little cleavage.
  • Lucinda shows a little more cleavage.
  • While flirting and intoxicated, Charles bets Lucinda he can kiss her without touching her. He purposefully loses, however, so that he can kiss her. We then see them outside where Charles grabs Lucinda and passionately kisses her up against a wall.
  • They then get a motel room and passionately kiss while standing and then on the bed with him on top of her. He also nuzzles her neck and opens the top of her shirt, kissing her chest there. She then opens his shirt and kisses his bare chest and then moves down his body where she undoes his belt and starts to undo his pants when she then realizes that Laroche has his gun to her head. After roughing up Charles and commenting on them "f*cking around," Laroche then proceeds to grab Lucinda's leg, pull her down the bed, and comment on her being a "fine piece of ass." He comments that he could make her scream (sexually) and talks about "f*cking" her and we then see the motion of and hear him rip off her panties as he gets between her legs after getting her back on the bed. He then gets on top of her as he rapes her (with movement and sounds but no nudity -- although her camisole type, low-cut top shows a lot of cleavage -- in scenes inter-cut with the injured and dazed Charles lying on the floor).
  • Deanne shows a little cleavage.
  • We see Charles in a bubble bath, but don't see anything explicit.
  • Calling Charles on the phone, Laroche sarcastically comments on Charles not having told his wife that he's "f*cking Lucinda."
  • Lucinda shows some cleavage.
  • Winston comments that in high school there was "all the p*ssy you could imagine."
  • Lucinda tells Charles that "just because we didn't f*ck" doesn't mean they didn't cross the line (of impropriety).
  • A hooker, who shows cleavage, propositions Charles on the road, but Charles has no interest. She says that he doesn't drink, smoke or "f*ck" and a cop who passes by (and is friendly with the hooker) seems to think Charles had other (sexual) motives. Charles then pays the hooker so that she and the cop will leave him alone (he's trying to keep them from seeing a dead body by him).
  • Lucinda shows a little cleavage.
  • We briefly see a couple passionately make out.
  • Referring to Lucinda, Laroche comments to Charles about "When you just wanted to f*ck her."
  • Laroche tells Charles that he's "going to f*ck with your life" and then asks if his daughter is still a virgin.
  • SMOKING
  • Charles and Laroche each smoke several times, while Winston smokes once and miscellaneous people smoke in several scenes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • As her parents head off in the morning their separate ways, Amy comments to her dad that they (the parents) used to kiss each other good-bye in the morning. We also sense that the marriage is strained or at least has cooled off by their actions and reactions toward each other.
  • Lucinda says that since she and her husband barely see each other, they mainly communicate via greeting cards.
  • Charles hears an alarm go off and races to Amy's bedroom where he finds her convulsing on the floor. Deanne races there and quickly gives her a shot of insulin as both try to comfort her (she's okay later).
  • Lucinda says that if her husband learned of her affair, he'd take their daughter away from her.
  • Deanne is upset with Charles when he admits that the money they had saved up for their daughter's medical care is now gone.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Infidelity.
  • We see that Amy is a diabetic who needs insulin shots (we see a needle going into her skin) and has a dialysis machine at home. She also has somewhat of a fatalistic view of her condition, sarcastically asking who wants to live forever. We later see that Amy uses loud music to hide the sound of her dialysis machine while hooked up to it. We also hear that Amy's body has rejected previous kidney transplants.
  • Lucinda's rationale for not wanting to go to the police about being raped, robbed and Charles being beaten up (she says that if her husband learned of her affair, he'd take their daughter away from her).
  • We hear that Charles and Deanne have two mortgages on their house to pay for their daughter's medical needs.
  • Winston admits that he served time for using and dealing drugs in the past and admits that he killed another inmate in prison in the past to save himself.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Not everything turns out to be what it initially seems (due to later revelations, etc.) but does appear real as it occurs and is listed here as such.
  • After catching Charles and Lucinda in a motel room, Laroche punches Charles in the face and then holds his handgun to his head. When it looks like he's going to rape her, Charles attacks Laroche who easily beats him off, with Charles falling and hitting the back of his head on some furniture. Laroche then repeatedly punches and hits Charles on the floor until he's dazed, bloody and then unconscious. He then proceeds to rape Lucinda on the bed.
  • When Charles goes to drop off his payment to Laroche, Dexter pushes him up against a wall to frisk him. Once they meet Laroche, the robber brutally punches Charles in the gut or chest, flooring him.
  • Laroche pushes Charles back against a wall and grabs his crotch, smashing his testicles and causing Charles a great deal of pain until he finally lets go and leaves.
  • A car window suddenly shatters as a person is shot and we see blood on the back of the victim's head as well as on his face. We then see blood dripping down from the car onto the road.
  • Charles drives a car through a fence.
  • Charles twice hits Laroche over the head with what looks like a motel lamp stand, knocking him out.
  • Charles holds his gun on one of Laroche's conspirators, but another man grabs Charles and they struggle. The gun fires and hits the conspirator, while Laroche then repeatedly shoots the other man (trying to hit Charles). Charles then shoots Laroche and then struggles with Dexter who kicks in the door, but ends up being shot. Some of those who were shot end up dead and all are bloody.
  • A villain hits and roughs up Charles, but Charles then stabs the person with a shiv, twisting the blade in the wound, killing that person.



  • Reviewed November 4, 2005 / Posted November 11, 2005

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