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(2007) (George Clooney, Brad Pitt) (PG-13)

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Drama: A team of criminals sets out to get revenge, via an elaborate scheme, on a casino boss who double-crossed one of their own.
Having once again bested casino owner Terry Benedict (ANDY GARCIA), Danny Ocean (GEORGE CLOONEY) and his team of criminals have gone their separate ways. Yet, when ruthless businessman and casino boss Willy Bank (AL PACINO) double-crosses former casino owner and Ocean team player Reuben Tishkoff (ELLIOT GOULD) and leaves him unconscious from a myocardial infarction, Danny and right-hand man Rusty Ryan (BRAD PITT) reassemble their team to get revenge on Bank.

As the two consult with tech expert Roman Nagel (EDDIE IZZARD), the rest of the players arrive, including Basher Tarr (DON CHEADLE) who works with an expensive tunneling device that's to be used as a diversion. As Livingston Dell (EDDIE JEMISON) works on the card dealing machines and Frank Catton (BERNIE MAC) sets up shop as a dealer, brothers Virgil (CASEY AFFLECK) and Turk (SCOTT CAAN) end up getting involved in a Mexican labor dispute where they're working undercover to fix dice that will eventually make their way into the plan.

Meanwhile, Linus Caldwell (MATT DAMON) acts like the personal assistant to Yen (SHAOBO QIN) who's posing as an ultra-wealthy gambler, all to get closer to Bank's personal assistant Abigail Sponder (ELLEN BARKIN). And Saul Bloom (CARL REINER) dons a disguise again, this time to convince Bank that he's possibly the covert reviewer assigned to rate the new casino, all while that real man -- self-labeled as The V.U.P. (DAVID PAYMER) or very unimportant person, repeatedly gets abused from a hotel service perspective by various members and ploys of Ocean's team.

With them forging an unlikely alliance with Benedict for some much-needed operational funds, the criminals and con men set out to ruin Banks on the opening night of his upscale casino.

If they're fans of the first two films and/or anyone in the cast, they just might.
For brief sensuality.
  • GEORGE CLOONEY plays the leader of the criminal team who's charming, smart and debonair, drinks some, uses some profanity, and tries to pull off a scheme to get revenge on Bank.
  • BRAD PITT plays his partner-in-crime who helps him pull off the heist and drinks some.
  • AL PACINO plays the ruthless, egotistical, and wildly successful businessman and casino owner who doesn't care that he gave Reuben a heart attack by double-crossing him in their previous business arrangement. He wants a smooth opening for his newest casino, and tries to thwart Ocean's team from disrupting that.
  • ELLEN BARKIN plays his cleavage-barring assistant who's no-nonsense about her work until Linus distracts and seduces her, causing her to be all hot and bothered by him (nothing ultimately happens between them, although she desires that).
  • MATT DAMON plays the former pickpocket who takes on the challenge of doing just that to her as part of the team's overall scheme.
  • ELLIOT GOULD plays a former casino owner who ends up hospitalized after Bank double-crosses him.
  • DON CHEADLE plays the explosives expert who helps the team achieve their goals via manning a tunneling device.
  • ANDY GARCIA plays the ruthless casino owner who offers to help Danny's team so that he can make Bank look bad, although he has ulterior motives. He smokes cigars.
  • CASEY AFFLECK and SCOTT CAAN play the siblings who end up heading a labor protest at a Mexican dice plant where they work undercover.
  • BERNIE MAC plays a former casino card dealer who's part of the team.
  • CARL REINER plays the senior member of the team who dons a disguise to help as part of the plan.
  • EDDIE JEMISON plays another team member who works on the card dealing machines.
  • SHAOBO QIN plays the former acrobat and limber contortionist who's part of the team. He uses some profanity.
  • DAVID PAYMER plays a covert hotel reviewer who ends up being abused -- in terms of bad hotel customer service -- when he unwittingly stumbles into Ocean's plan.
  • EDDIE IZZARD plays a man who advises and assists Danny and Rusty.


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this drama that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 8 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Some non-explicit, but sexually related dialogue is present, while a humorous scene has a woman acting lustfully toward a man, but they're interrupted before anything too explicit occurs. A lot of cleavage is present, as are some brief views of sumo wrestlers' mostly bare butts in their standard garb.

    Violence includes some casino guards roughing up a customer (played for laughs), and the throwing of a Molotov cocktail, while a man briefly holds what turns out to be an empty gun on another man. There's a brief earthquake scene (played lightly), various characters drink and/or smoke (cigars), and various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes.

    Some behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate, while a character has bad looking bed-bug bites on his face (played for comedy). 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 prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of moving camerawork in the film (sometimes quite bouncy).

  • We briefly see some people drinking during a montage.
  • Rusty has a drink with a woman.
  • Danny has a drink with a man (who doesn't drink).
  • We see beers in front of Danny, Rusty, and Roman, with Rusty latter holding his.
  • Virgil and his Mexican coworkers have beer and tequila.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in the casino.
  • Rusty has a drink.
  • We see various bottles of liquor on shelves in a bar.
  • About catching Danny being teary from watching Oprah, Rusty comments on the former doing so with a bottle of wine.
  • Turk joins Virgil in protesting conditions at their Mexican plant, including by throwing a Molotov cocktail made from a bottle of tequila.
  • Linus has some champagne.
  • Various people have sake in the casino.
  • Abigail gets some wine for Linus and herself, and we later see them with that.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks.
  • Danny has a drink.
  • We hear the sound of The V.U.P. vomiting from eating some bad restaurant food.
  • The V.U.P. has many bad looking red marks on his face from recent bed bug bites (played for comedy).
  • All of the criminals - despite being the "good guys" here -- obviously have bad attitudes for what they do and/or try to accomplish (that includes misrepresenting themselves, etc.).
  • We see Rusty and others involved in some sort of bank heist attempt, but Rusty is called away and we don't ever see anything more of this.
  • We see a flashback to Reuben and Bank being partners in a new casino venture, and then Bank double-crossing him, having one of his goons coerce him (physically intimidating, but not contacting him) into signing away his rights to the business.
  • Abigail fires a female employee from being (in her view, but not others) too chubby (she isn't).
  • Benedict offers to help Danny and his crew, but only if they steal his diamonds as well, just to spite Bank (but he has ulterior motives).
  • After Bank's goon coerces Reuben into signing away his rights to a previous joint business venture, Reuben suffers chest pains and slowly collapses to the floor (in a flashback).
  • Using a review-based black light, The V.U.P. spots many microscopic bed bugs in his bed (planted there earlier by Rusty and Danny).
  • Yen must avoid various high-speed elevators as they pass by in the shafts.
  • Some team members create a fabricated earthquake that then turns into the real thing in the casino, thus causing everyone inside to panic and run (no one is hurt, and it's all played for light comedy).
  • One of Benedict's minions holds a handgun on Linus to make him handover some stolen diamonds, but the robber then shows that the gun is empty before tossing it to Linus and then jumping off the top of the building (to make a parachute escape).
  • Some small explosives are used to separate part of the casino roof from the building.
  • Phrases: "It sure as sh*t ain't sad," "Screw" (nonsexual), "You're dead weight," "Pissed him off," "Danger is my middle name," "Pompous ass," "A hell of a brain," "Bloody," "Such a wowser," "Bro," "Let's go get the son of a bitch," "Spot on," "Hell yes," "You're gonna make a maniac out of me," "Where the hell are they going?" "I'm a G*ddamn American icon" and "What the hell /is this?"
  • It's possible some kids could want to imitate some of the criminal activity that occurs here (particularly since it's presented in a "cool" fashion).
  • Rusty has a large tattoo on his arm.
  • A tack in the bottom of a shoe is used by a team member to help him pass a polygraph test (by inflicting pain that throws off the machine's readings).
  • Rusty and Danny plant bed bugs in The V.U.P.'s bed (so that he'll ultimately give the casino a bad rating).
  • Saul unleashes a bad smell in The V.U.P.'s room (through the ventilation system -- so that he'll ultimately give the casino a bad rating).
  • Turk joins Virgil in protesting conditions at their Mexican plant, including by throwing a Molotov cocktail made from a bottle of tequila.
  • As part of his ploy as another persona, Saul pats Bank on his clothed butt in passing.
  • One of Benedict's minions holds a handgun on Linus to make him handover some stolen diamonds, but the robber then shows that the gun is empty before tossing it to Linus and then jumping off the top of the building (to make a parachute escape).
  • None.
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  • At least 8 "s" words, 6 hells, 2 asses, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 damn, 12 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "G-damn" and 1 use each of "Good Lord" and "Jesus."
  • As a dealer supervisor, Frank tells some female employees to raise their skirts three inches (for work in the immediate future, we don't see them do it).
  • In the background of a shot, we see a charcoal outline drawing on a wall of a fully nude woman from the rear (nothing explicit).
  • Basher complains that Linus didn't bring him some magazines, with the latter saying he couldn't, but we don't know what kind they are (some may see the implication being that they're pornographic).
  • Abigail shows varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a great deal) in various outfits (many low-cut) throughout the film.
  • We see photos of male underwear models in briefs (on the packaging for just that).
  • We see some miscellaneous cleavage from time to time in the film.
  • We see some sumo wrestlers in traditional garb, with one showing most of his bare butt in his while competing against an opponent.
  • As another persona, Linus tries to seduce Abigail so that he can gain her access to a room filled with valuable diamonds. When she arrives, some pheromones he's placed on his neck instantly allure her. When we return to the scene, she's behind him, nuzzling on his neck, with him saying he can't do that there, since he might be fired by his "boss." She's breathing heavily and acting lustfully, asking him if the forbidden doesn't make it more pleasurable. Later, in another room, he takes her cell phone and she suggestively says she can make him give that back to her. Later, she's still acting the same way, with her straps on her dress down around her arms, exposing even more cleavage. She then tries to take Linus' hand to put on her heart (and thus her cleavage), but he pulls it back, causing some wine to spill on his pants. She then says he has to remove them, and she quickly does, revealing him in his boxers. Others come in at that moment, however, and nothing else happens due to that interruption. All of this is played for comedy rather than eroticism.
  • As part of his ploy as another persona, Saul pats Bank on his clothed butt in passing.
  • Benedict smokes cigars a few times, while Reuben and Basher each smoke a cigar once.
  • Linus occasionally makes some comments about his dad that appear to suggest some strain, but we never know the details.
  • Las Vegas, gambling and casinos.
  • We hear that Reuben is suffering from myocardial infarction (we see him unconscious in the hospital -- but everything turns out okay).
  • Virgil starts a work conditions and pay protest at the Mexican plant where he's working undercover.
  • Rusty and Danny reminisce about the old times in Vegas.
  • Whether one could pull off a heist as occurs in this film.
  • Guards remove a player from the casino, with one causing the man's chin to bash the edge of the table, while that guard and another pick up that man and bash his head into a slot machine (all played for comedy).
  • Turk joins Virgil in protesting conditions at their Mexican plant, including by throwing a Molotov cocktail made from a bottle of tequila (we don't see the impact, but do see a burning vehicle).
  • Some small explosives are used to separate part of the casino roof from the building.

  • Reviewed June 5, 2007 / Posted June 8, 2007

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