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"MIAMI VICE"
(2006) (Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx) (R)

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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama/Action: Two Miami detectives go undercover to try to bust up a drug operation and find out who's responsible for the deaths of some undercover federal agents.
PLOT:
Miami police detectives Sonny Crockett (COLIN FARRELL) and Ricardo Tubbs (JAMIE FOXX) have a reputation for getting the job done, so it's no surprise when FBI Agent Fujima (CIARAN HINDS) wants them to go undercover and infiltrate an international drug ring that's recently left some undercover federal agents dead.

Given fake criminal backgrounds, and with the aid of fellow cops Gina Callabrese (ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ), Zito (JUSTIN THEROUX), and Trudy Joplin (NAOMIE HARRIS) who's Tubbs' girlfriend, they use criminal informant Nicholas (EDDIE MARSAN) to set up a meeting with José Yero (JOHN ORTIZ). He's a Columbian middleman who peddles drugs for drug lord Jesús Montoya (LUIS TOSAR) and his steely businesswoman associate Isabella (GONG LI).

Although all of the criminals initially are suspicious of the two outsiders, the undercover cops are convincing enough that they start setting up various drug deals. Yet, as Crockett becomes romantically involved with Isabella, their affair endangers the cops' lives as well as their mission.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some teens might be, especially if they're into hard-hitting action films and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, language and some sexual content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • COLIN FARRELL plays a Miami detective who's good at his job, but ends up sleeping with the enemy (Isabella) and letting her go. He also uses strong profanity, and shoots many people.
  • JAMIE FOXX plays his cop partner who also uses strong profanity, shoots many people, and has sex with Trudy his girlfriend.
  • GONG LI plays a steely, criminal-minded businesswoman who works and sleeps with Montoya, but then has an affair and falls for Crockett.
  • NAOMIE HARRIS plays Tubbs' girlfriend and work associate who sleeps with him and must contend with being kidnapped.
  • CIARAN HINDS plays the lead FBI agent who wants the detectives to work undercover for him.
  • LUIS TOSAR plays the leader of the international drug ring.
  • JOHN ORTIZ plays the Columbian middleman who works between Montoya and those who buy the drugs from him. He sets up an arrangement with the undercover cops, but then becomes suspicious of them.
  • ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ plays one of the detectives' extremely efficient partners who uses strong profanity and shoots many people.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated dramatic action flick. Profanity consists of at least 18 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also heard. Some sexually related dialogue is present, as are several sexual encounters (with movement, some nudity and sounds, some of which occurs in showers), while women show varying amounts of cleavage and the camera focuses on some dancing women's clothed bodies.

    Violence consists of people being shot and wounded or killed by powerful guns that result in brutal impact on the bodies, often with very bloody/gory results. Some striking of others is also present, while a person commits suicide by stepping out in front of a large truck. Some of that may be unsettling or suspenseful for viewers, and the action may be enticing for some kids to imitate, while all of the villains have bad attitudes, and one cop ends up sleeping with and letting a criminal go.

    Drinking and some brief smoking occur, but while various drugs are talked about, dealt, and moved around, no one is seen using any of them.

    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, there are strobe effects in a club in the opening scene.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there is a great deal of bouncy or otherwise constantly moving camera shots throughout the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a nightclub, including Crockett (while on the job).
  • Various scenes include talk of various types of drugs, while we see all sorts of packaging of such and some dealing, but no actual use.
  • We see liquor along the wall in an informant's house.
  • Yero finishes a drink.
  • Tubbs and Crockett pick up a drug shipment in Columbia.
  • Crockett asks Isabella if she wants to get a drink, she asks what he drinks, he says mojitos, and she takes him to Cuba for just that. We later see them and others drinking in a club.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Snipers with large caliber rifles blast three undercover agents with gunfire (one outside a car, two in it). The impact is severe on them and the car (with some bloody and gory results, including one's arm seemingly being blown off).
  • We briefly and partially see a dead woman's body on the floor.
  • A despondent informant steps out in front of a tractor trailer that runs him over (we don't see the contact, but do see the resultant meaty smear from under the truck on the nighttime road).
  • Gina shoots a villain dead, blasting his head with a shot that sends blood spraying.
  • Trudy has some bloody abrasions on her face after having been kidnapped.
  • The cops' boss has a few bloody cuts/scrapes on his face after an explosion.
  • Yero's man shoots Isabella's man in the head at point blank range, killing him (with blood splattering out).
  • During a gun battle, Tubbs shoots one villain in the head with a shotgun (with very bloody/gory results). Crockett shoots another man, first in the feet and then in the head (we see two bullet holes in his head, but no blood).
  • Trudy has some facial wounds in the hospital (following an explosion).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All of the criminals obviously have extreme cases of bad attitudes.
  • We hear of the Aryan brotherhood and see one such guy who has a swastika tattoo.
  • Two men attack and abduct Trudy at her door. We then see that some bad guys have her bound to a chair and blindfolded with a collar of explosives placed around her neck. One thug then hits her on the head with a phone during a call.
  • Crockett sleeps with Isabella (several times) and then lets her go (instead of arresting her).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may also be unsettling or suspenseful to viewers with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • Snipers with large caliber rifles blast three undercover agents with gunfire (one outside a car, two in it). The impact is severe on them and the car (with some bloody and gory results, including one's arm seemingly being blown off).
  • We see a photo of a woman with an explosive collar around her neck.
  • An accomplice tosses Crockett a grenade from which he pulls the pin, prompting a standoff between him and Yero's men who hold guns on him and Tubbs.
  • Two men attack Trudy at her door. She manages to hit one, but the other knocks her unconscious. We then see that some bad guys have her bound to a chair and blindfolded with a collar of explosives placed around her neck. One thug then hits her on the head with a phone during a call.
  • Crockett, Tubbs, and Gina sneak up on a trailer in a trailer park at night to try to rescue Trudy from it. Crockett spots a lookout, sneaks up on him, and grabs him around the neck with his gun, strangling him until the man is unconscious or dead. Gina crawls under the trailer, drills a small hole and uses a mini-camera to peak inside, thus allowing them to know what they're up against. Tubbs then poses as a pizza delivery guy, knocks on the door and then grabs the guy who answers, throwing him to the ground and stomping on his neck. The three then get inside the trailer, with one man coming at Tubbs with a knife. Tubbs hits him several times (with hard blows) and then uses that knife to stab another assailant several times before shooting him on the floor. They then hold their guns on another man who's holding a detonator wired to explosives around Trudy's neck. Gina tells the man what she's going to do (shoot him dead) and then does so, blasting his head with a shot that sends blood spraying.
  • Yero uses a phone call to detonate an explosive inside a trailer. It blasts Trudy through the air and knocks down Tubbs as well (she's severely injured -- in a coma with a collapsed lung, other organ damage, burns on 15% of her body, etc.).
  • Yero's man shoots Isabella's man in the head at point blank range, killing him (with blood splattering out).
  • Yero and his thugs meet Crockett and Tubbs at a shipyard at night to exchange product (money for drugs). The cops' boss is hidden (as are his shooters) looking for any hidden shooters on the other side (we see one covered in a tarp on a ship). Yero states and shows that Isabella is now his and that he'll throw her away when he's done, one body part here and another there. Isabella hits one of Yero's men, but is constrained by another before she goes over to the cops' side to check on the money while one of their men goes over to check on the drugs (the bad guys still don't know the buyers are undercover cops). The cops' boss gives the order and his snipers take out gunmen on the other side, prompting a large-scale gun battle between both sides (lots of machine gun fire). This goes on for several minutes, with many people being shot (and wounded or killed), with Tubbs blasting one villain in the head with a shotgun (with very bloody/gory results). Once Isabella realizes who and what Crockett is, she tries to get away, but he restrains her to protect her from the gunfire. One thug sees them and prepares to shoot, but Crockett gets them on the ground to avoid the shot and then shoots that man, first in the feet and then in the head (we see two bullet holes in his head, but no blood).
  • Military men raid Montoya's estate, but the place is now empty.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Machine guns/Handguns/Shotguns/Sniper rifles/Explosives: Carried (by many people) and/or used to threaten, wound or kill people and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "I gotta f*cking go," "What the f*ck happened?" "It's none of your f*cking business," "F*ck that," "Who the f*ck knows you?" "Crazy m*therf*cking wallpaper," "Do you want to f*ck my partner or do you want to do business?" (said sarcastically by Tubbs to Yero about Crockett), "Go f*ck yourself," "You f*cking better be right," "You f*ck up, we f*ck her up," "What the f*ck's going on?" "F*ck it," "M*therf*cker," "I don't give a sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "Some bad sh*t," "What sh*t have you pulled?" "You mean they walk around with a constant erection?" what sounded like "D*cking us around," "None of your p*ckerwood proxies," "How the hell do I know?" "What the hell /just happened/are we talking to you for?" "I'll cap your skanky ass" (said by a woman to a man), "You can piss off," "Punk ass," "There's undercover and then which way is up?" "You can't negotiate with gravity," "Shut up" and "Cut the crap."
  • The action, stunts and gunfire might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • An informant speed down the road, swerving through traffic, with Crockett and Tubbs then doing the same while trying to catch him.
  • Various miscellaneous characters have tattoos (some a lot, including one guy who has a swastika).
  • A despondent informant steps out in front of a tractor trailer that runs him over (we don't see the contact, but do see the resultant meaty smear from under the truck on the nighttime road).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • Some men are suddenly blasted by gunfire in a car.
  • Other sudden shootings might similarly startle some viewers.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of ominous and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Some songs contain lyrics that we couldn't fully hear and/or understand, thus presenting the possibility of them potentially containing other objectionable material. That said, we heard one that included at least 1 use each of the "f" word and "G-damn."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 18 "f" words (4 used with "mother," 1 used sexually), 8 "s" words, 3 slang terms using male genitals ("d*cking," "pr*ck" and "p*ckerwood"), 4 asses (1 used with "hole"), 4 hells, 1 crap and 2 uses of "G-damn."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • The camera focuses tight on various women's bodies on the dance floor, most in close-up and one done in silhouette, almost to the point that she appears nude.
  • Various miscellaneous women show varying amounts of cleavage in various scenes.
  • A criminal takes two women upstairs in a nightclub. We then see them on a camera phone screen, with some close, clothed contact, as well as the man putting his hand on one's clothed butt.
  • When an informant tells them that some drug dealers are vertically integrated, Tubbs sarcastically asks if that means they walk around with constant erections.
  • Trudy joins Tubbs in the shower. We see her bare butt and breasts and his bare torso as they wash off each other. Moments later, he's in bed (a sheet over his lower half) and she straddles him there wearing a towel. They passionately kiss, her leg is up alongside him, and they then have sex (with movement and sounds, including him climaxing). But he then says that he was joking (about being finished so soon) and they then continue. During this, most shots are of the head and shoulders variety, with no full views of the act.
  • When Yero says he doesn't like the look of Crockett (meaning he's suspicious), Tubbs jokingly replies, "Do you want to f*ck my partner or do you want to do business?"
  • Isabella shows varying amounts of cleavage in various outfits.
  • As Crockett and Isabella dance, the camera focuses on her body in her tight dress.
  • After some mutual caressing (face and shoulder), Crockett and Isabella passionately kiss and then have sex, with her on his lap seated upright. We don't see their lower bodies due to the camera angle, but do see his bare back, their movement, partial glimpses of her bare breasts and hear their sexual sounds.
  • Isabella and Crockett briefly but passionately kiss in a cafe. More sex is then implied as we see him in bed shirtless and she joins him in her robe.
  • Isabella joins Crockett in the shower and we briefly see part of her bare breast.
  • Isabella tells Montoya that she slept with Crockett. He doesn't seem to mind (seemingly in a "that's business" fashion), but then pulls her on top of him on a bed, unzips some part of her clothing, they passionately kiss and sex is implied.
  • Crockett and Isabella passionately kiss in a limo-type vehicle (after she sends the privacy divider up). She gets on his lap, he pulls up her skirt and then undoes his pants, and they have sex (no nudity and only briefly movement as the scene ends there).
  • SMOKING
  • A few miscellaneous characters smoke in a few scenes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A miscellaneous man learns that the woman in his life (possibly his wife) has been killed.
  • Isabella says her mom died when Isabella was 16.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The life and work of detectives.
  • Going undercover to try to nab criminals.
  • Drugs and drug dealers.
  • The comment that probability is like gravity in that you can't negotiate with the latter.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A criminal roughs up a woman at a club, with Tubbs going to intervene, but running into a thug. He grabs that man's hand, twists it (we hear breaking sounds), knocks him to the floor, and then stomps on his crotch. Others come at Tubbs, but one person is kicked on the leg.
  • Snipers with large caliber rifles blast three undercover agents with gunfire (one outside an car, two in it). The impact is severe on them and the car (with some bloody and gory results, including one's arm seemingly being blown off).
  • We briefly and partially see a dead woman's body on the floor (she was killed by an explosive).
  • A despondent informant steps out in front of a tractor trailer that runs him over (we don't see the contact, but do see the resultant meaty smear from under the truck on the nighttime road).
  • While undercover and masked, Crockett, Tubbs and others raid a drug warehouse, blasting the door lock with gunfire, backing a truck through that door and then holding their guns on those inside. One repeatedly hits one man who's reaching for a shotgun and there's also a slap.
  • Crockett throws two explosives onto two cigarette boats, causing both to explode.
  • Two men attack Trudy at her door. She manages to hit one, but the other knocks her unconscious. We then see that some bad guys have her bound to a chair and blindfolded with a collar of explosives placed around her neck. One thug then hits her on the head with a phone during a call.
  • Crockett, Tubbs, and Gina sneak up on a trailer in a trailer park at night to try to rescue Trudy from it. Crockett spots a lookout, sneaks up on him and grabs him around the neck with his gun, strangling him until the man is unconscious or dead. Gina crawls under the trailer, drills a small hole and uses a mini-camera to peak inside, thus allowing them to know what they're up against. Tubbs then poses as a pizza delivery guy, knocks on the door and then grabs the guy who answers, throwing him to the ground and stomping on his neck. The three then get inside the trailer, with one man coming at Tubbs with a knife. Tubbs hits him several times (with hard blows) and then uses that knife to stab another assailant several times before shooting him on the floor. They then hold their guns on another man who's holding a detonator wired to explosives around Trudy's neck. Gina tells the man what she's going to do (shoot him dead) and then does so, blasting his head with a shot that sends blood spraying.
  • Yero uses a phone call to detonate an explosive inside a trailer. It blasts Trudy through the air and knocks down Tubbs as well (she's severely injured -- in a coma with a collapsed lung, other organ damage, burns on 15% of her body, etc.).
  • Yero's man shoots Isabella's man in the head at point blank range, killing him (with blood splattering out).
  • Yero and his thugs meet Crockett and Tubbs at a shipyard at night to exchange product (money for drugs). Isabella hits one of Yero's men, but is constrained by another before she goes over to the cops' side to check on the money while one of their men goes over to check on the drugs (the bad guys still don't know the buyers are undercover cops). The cops' boss gives the order and his snipers take out gunmen on the other side, prompting a large-scale gun battle between both sides (lots of machine gun fire). This goes on for several minutes, with many people being shot (and wounded or killed), with Tubbs blasting one villain in the head with a shotgun (with very bloody/gory results). Once Isabella realizes who and what Crockett is, she tries to get away, but he restrains her to protect her from the gunfire. One thug sees them and prepares to shoot, but Crockett gets them on the ground to avoid the shot and then shoots that man, first in the feet and then in the head (we see two bullet holes in his head, but no blood).



  • Reviewed July 24, 2006 / Posted July 28, 2006

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