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"PRIDE AND GLORY"
(2008) (Edward Norton, Colin Farrell) (R)

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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: After the murder of four cops, a detective's investigation leads to a disturbing discovery involving his brother and brother-in-law, both fellow police officers.
PLOT:
For the Tierney family of New York, being a cop is in their blood. There's police chief Francis Tierney, Sr. (JON VOIGHT) and his son Francis Tierney, Jr. (NOAH EMMERICH) who leads a division but must contend with the fact that his wife, Abby (JENNIFER EHLE), is dying of cancer. Then there's his brother Ray (EDWARD NORTON) who was a narc for 8 years before a past incident ruined his marriage to Tasha (CARMEN EJOGO) and took him off the streets to work in the missing persons department. Meanwhile, his sister Megan (LAKE BELL) is married to Jimmy Egan (COLIN FARRELL) who works directly for Francis Jr.

When four of Jimmy's fellow cops are murdered in an ambush, he and the rest of his team, including Ruben Santiago (JOHN ORTIZ), Eddie Carbone (FRANK GRILLO) and Kenny Dugan (SHEA WHIGHAM), want revenge. That is, when they're not shaking down local business owners for cash. Meanwhile, Francis Sr. wants Ray to join the task force to investigate the murders. Ray reluctantly agrees, and his work soon leads to drug dealer Angel Tezo (RAMON RODRIGUEZ).

But when his investigation points out that Jimmy and the others might be involved, Ray must decide what to do, especially since any choice he makes will greatly affect his family.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into gritty cop dramas and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might be interested, but older male teens seem the most likely audience among kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, pervasive language and brief drug content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • EDWARD NORTON plays a former NYPD narc turned missing persons investigator turned task force leader who's investigating the murder of four cops. Troubled by an incident in his past and his decisions regarding that (which also involve his failed marriage), he must figure out how to proceed once he determines what's occurring here. He uses strong profanity and gets rough with some people.
  • COLIN FARRELL plays his brother-in-law who's been given pretty much carte blanche by Francis Jr. to proceed how he deems fit to clean up the streets. Accordingly, he's taken that to the extreme, shaking down local businessmen for cash and taking over drug dealings from criminals he busts or kills. He uses strong profanity, smokes and drinks some, and breaks the law in various ways.
  • NOAH EMMERICH plays his commander and brother-in-law who's turned something of a blind eye to his actions, although he doesn't know the extent to which the bad cops are operating. Besides having to deal with that mess, he must also contend with his wife dying from cancer. He uses strong profanity.
  • JON VOIGHT plays Ray and Francis Jr.'s father, the police chief who encourages Ray to join the task force investigating the cop murders, but wants him to clear any findings and decisions through him. When things go amiss, he tries to clean them up under the table, all to protect the department and his family. He uses strong profanity and drinks and/or is intoxicated to varying degrees in a few scenes.
  • RAMON RODRIGUEZ plays a murderous drug dealer who uses strong profanity.
  • JENNIFER EHLE plays Francis Jr.'s wife who's dying from cancer.
  • JOHN ORTIZ, FRANK GRILLO, SHEA WHIGHAM play Jimmy's fellow cops who are in with him in their law-breaking behavior, roughing up and killing others and using strong profanity.
  • LAKE BELL plays Jimmy's wife who's concerned when a street thug shows up at their house.
  • CARMEN EJOGO plays Ray's estranged and soon to be divorced wife who obviously still cares for him, but says they can't keep proceeding the way they have been.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this cop drama that's been rated R. Profanity consists of at least 291 "f" words, while plenty of other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is brief nudity (breasts, butt).

    Violence includes viewed and unseen murders, some brutal fighting and striking of others, brief torture, and a suicide via gunshot. Much of that has bloody results, and those scenes and moments of potential peril and threat (including a hot iron being held close to an infant's head to make someone else talk) could be unsettling and/or suspenseful to some viewers.

    Various characters (including bad cops and criminals) have bad attitudes, while some of the action and stunts might be enticing for some kids to imitate. There's drug-related content and some briefly seen use (heroin and possible pot), while characters drink, one to the point of intoxication, while some characters also smoke. Tense family material (regarding a wife/mother dying from cancer, and occupation related conflict) is also present.

    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, that occurs several times during the film, mainly from flashing police lights.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, varying amounts of handheld camerawork (sometimes very bouncy) is present throughout the film.



    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • There's mention of smack (heroin) called WMD.
  • Jimmy plants drugs in a dead cabbie's cab.
  • We see that Angel is a drug dealer and note a guy finishing up injecting himself with heroin. Angel may be smoking pot.
  • Francis Sr. has a drink and then appears somewhat intoxicated at Christmas dinner where he has wine as do others.
  • Ray tries to get info out of a female junkie, and says he'll take away her kid (for drug possession) if she doesn't cooperate.
  • Ray asks his father if he's been drinking. Francis Sr. says he had one glass of scotch, but then admits it was several shots of that in the same one glass.
  • Francis Jr. smokes, but by the way he holds that, it nearly seems as if it might be a joint.
  • Ray confronts a drug user for info, talks of him smoking too much "devil's sh*t," and then proceeds to crush vials of that or some other drug on the street to make the guy talk.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a bar.
  • Jimmy has a drink in a bar where others drink.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Ray has an old but large scar on his cheek (we later hear from having been shot there).
  • A bloody victim is wheeled out on a gurney, while we see several dead and bloody cops inside, including what looked like a bloody dog (and there's blood on the floors, walls, etc.) from an unseen ambush.
  • We see Francis Sr. standing at a urinal, but don't hear or see anything.
  • Ray's washes blood off his hands (from a murder scene).
  • We see a trail of blood in the snow in an alley.
  • A dead cabbie is bloody.
  • We see a close-up of Angel's bloody arm wound being stitched up.
  • We see photos of a dead and bloody guy.
  • Two of the corrupt cops shake down a business owner for cash, with one punching and bloodying that man.
  • Some thugs anxiously look out a window down several floors to cops outside checking out a car. Just then, we hear a loud gunshot and a lot of blood splatters onto the window. We then see two dead bodies on the floor with pools of blood around them. The police note another body in the bathtub and that the person has been dead longer, but most of the body is covered by newspaper and such.
  • Ray notes what appears to be a gun barrel burn mark on a female junkie's temple.
  • A thug's mouth is bloody after Jimmy beats him.
  • Ray finds a dead guy on the floor, and then a still alive but bloody man in a bathtub who's had something large jammed down his throat.
  • After a gun suicide, we see blood on the inside of a car window.
  • We see blood smear on the floor when a body is dragged aside.
  • Ray and Jimmy are very bloody following a fight, as is the billiards ball that Ray used to hit Jimmy on the head.
  • Ray has a black eye following a fight.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All of the corrupt cops and criminals obviously have bad attitudes.
  • Jimmy plants drugs in a dead cabbie's cab. He and his fellow cops then destroy evidence by pouring gasoline inside the cab and then use a flare to ignite that.
  • Two of the corrupt cops shake down a business owner for cash, with one punching and bloodying that man before holding his handgun to his head and pulling the trigger (knowing it was empty) and then laughingly saying he was just "f*cking with you."
  • Ray notes what appears to be a gun barrel burn mark on a female junkie's temple.
  • A junkie tells Ray that it was a cop who tipped off Angel to escape.
  • While Francis Jr. initially doesn't know the extent to which Jimmy and the other cops are operating, he knowingly unleashed them and has turned a blind eye to whatever they might be doing.
  • Jimmy pushes a drug dealer back against the wall while the two have harsh and threatening words toward each other. When the dealer speaks in Spanish, Jimmy caustically refers to that as "monkey language."
  • A door suddenly bursts open, Jimmy and other cops rush in, and Jimmy violently overturns a table. He then strikes a thug several times and bashes him back against a wall (leaving him very bloody), while his partner punches a mother in the face. When the thug won't talk, Jimmy takes the mother's infant and then threatens to press a hot iron to its face, while the other cop fires a warning shot into the kitchen near another woman and child. Jimmy then says he'll come back, slit that man's throat, "f*ck" his wife and kill his child.
  • At least one Hispanic drug dealer refers to white cops as "nigger(s)."
  • To cover their behavior and implicate his brother-in-law if he doesn't goes along with their unlawful behavior, Jimmy uses Ray's gun to shoot a thug dead. He later testifies to Internal Affairs that he tried to help the victim, but that Ray shot the guy dead.
  • Ray admits to lying in the past to a grand jury regarding an incident in the past (to cover himself and possibly other cops of wrongdoing that resulted in an unarmed man's "suicidal" plunge).
  • A bad cop hits a business owner in a shakedown, takes his cash, and starts to walk out when that owner shoots him in the back. The cop's partner then rushes in, aims his gun at the owner who drops his, and then shoots and kills an innocent man who he thought was armed. Outside, an angry mob gathers, with one man standing on the cops' car and bashing the windshield with a bat, prompting the bad cop to aim his gun at the store owner to find a way out.
  • An angry mob smashes a car, and then surround two cops (one in cuffs). They try to hold them off, including with one gun and a pole, but the mob grabs the one cop and repeatedly hit him (with his gun going off), while the other cop gives up, knowing what's coming. One thug then strikes him on the head with a crowbar, followed by the others viciously attacking him (we only see the beginning of the deadly attack). The other cop is later seen alive, albeit bruised and bloody.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence," "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, and/or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • Two of the corrupt cops shake down a business owner for cash, with one punching and bloodying that man before holding his handgun to his head and pulling the trigger (knowing it was empty) and then laughingly saying he was just "f*cking with you."
  • A door suddenly bursts open, Jimmy and other cops rush in, and Jimmy violently overturns a table. He then strikes a thug several times and bashes him back against a wall (leaving him very bloody), while his partner punches a mother in the face. When the thug won't talk, Jimmy takes the mother's infant and then threatens to press a hot iron to its face, while the other cop fires a warning shot into the kitchen near another woman and child. Jimmy then says he'll come back, slit that man's throat, "f*ck" his wife and kill his child.
  • Ray hears shots from inside a building, takes cover, calls for backup, and then enters the place, gun drawn. He slowly ascends the stairwell, finds a dead guy on the floor, hears what sounds like torture and screaming, and then bursts into a room where he finds cops torturing a thug (they have something large jammed down his throat in a bathtub, but the scene is dimly lit so it's hard to see exactly what it is). Ray wants them to stop, and when they don't, he aims his gun on one. Jimmy shoots the thug dead (no impact seen but the shots are heard), while Ray punches Jimmy who then drives him back against a wall.
  • Seated in the backseat of a reporter's car (with the reporter up front), a bad cop confesses to what he and others have done. He then places a towel or something similar over his head and we then hear the suicidal gunshot that takes the reporter by surprise. We then see blood on the inside of the car window.
  • A man shadows Ray who then rushes up, grabs him, and pushes the reporter back against a fence.
  • A bad cop hits a business owner in a shakedown, takes his cash, and starts to walk out when that owner shoots him in the back. The cop's partner then rushes in, aims his gun at the owner who drops his, and then shoots and kills an innocent man who he thought was armed. Outside, an angry mob gathers, with one man standing on the cops' car and bashing the windshield with a bat, prompting the bad cop to aim his gun at the store owner to find a way out. Other cops arrive, including Francis Jr. who slowly approaches the store and tries to talk the bad cop down.
  • An angry mob smashes a car, and then surround two cops (one in cuffs). They try to hold them off, including with one gun and a pole, but the mob grabs the one cop and repeatedly hit him (with his gun going off), while the other cop gives up, knowing what's coming. One thug then strikes him on the head with a crowbar, followed by the others viciously attacking him (we only see the beginning of the deadly attack). The other cop is later seen alive, albeit bruised and bloody.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Like f*cking champions," "I love you f*cking guys," "M*therf*cker," "F*cking hang on/tight," "What the f*ck /are you saying?" "F*ck no," "Lucky m*therf*cking perp," "F*ckers," "A really f*cking hard time," "F*ck-O," "F*ck that," "F*ck it," "You greasy f*ck," "I'm f*cking with you," "You f*cking piece of sh*t," "Get the f*ck out of here," "You f*cking moron," "You stupid f*ck," "You f*cking c*cks*cker," "You're hard as f*ck," "Listen the f*ck up," "I will f*cking kill you," "You f*cked up," "Where the f*ck is everybody?" "Back the f*ck up," "Have you lost your f*cking mind?" "Calm the f*ck down," "I know this is f*cked up," "Oh f*ck," "I am really f*cking scared," "You f*cking hack," "Point f*cking blank," "You crossed the f*cking line," "End of f*cking story," "F*ck them," "F*ck that nigger" (said by a Hispanic criminal toward a white cop), "We don't know sh*t," "Sh*tty," "Give a sh*t," "All that sh*t," "Piece of sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "Nickel and dime sh*t," "Sh*t-can," "I don't give a sh*t about that," "Devil's sh*t," "This sh*t ends tonight," "Hard-on" (nonsexual), "Every swinging d*ck for themselves" (nonsexual), "Bust my balls," "Scumbags," "Hell of a thing," "Bite you in the ass," "Dirty ass," "Nigger" (said by Hispanic criminals about white cops) and "Shut up."
  • Some of the action and other stunts might be enticing for some kids to imitate. That includes Jimmy holding a hot iron near an infant's head to get someone else to talk.
  • Jimmy and his fellow cops destroy evidence by pouring gasoline inside a dead cabbie's cab and then use a flare to ignite that.
  • Angel places a potato over his handgun barrel (as a silencer) and shoots a man dead (we don't see the impact).
  • Francis Jr. has tattoos, as does Jimmy.
  • We see miscellaneous graffiti in several scenes.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • We suddenly hear a loud gunshot and a lot of blood splatters onto a window.
  • A door suddenly bursts open.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous and heavily dramatic music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None that we heard, but some songs had lyrics that we couldn't fully hear and/or understand, thus presenting the possibility of them potentially containing something objectionable.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 291 "f" words (20 used with "mother," 1 used sexually), 51 "s" words, 9 slang terms using male genitals ("c*cks*cker," "d*ck" and "pr*ck"), 10 asses (2 used with "hole"), 9 hells, 1 S.O.B., 5 uses each of "G-damn" and "Swear to God," 4 of "Jesus," 3 of "Oh my God," 2 each of "For Christ's sake" and "Jesus Christ," and 1 use each of "Christ" and "Swear to Jesus Christ."
  • There's also cussing in Spanish that we couldn't understand.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a scantly clad woman (lingerie top showing cleavage, possible thong or completely bare bottom) around Angel (and as she bends over, we see some of her bare butt).
  • We see Francis Jr. in just a towel and then he seems to be nude (the view blocked by a lamp shade in the foreground) as he gets dressed in the background of the shot where Abby is seen in a slip.
  • We see a woman's bare breasts as she panics and runs down a stairwell.
  • We see Kenny shirtless.
  • After beating up a thug, Jimmy tells him he'll come back, slit that man's throat, "f*ck" his wife and kill his child.
  • Ray confronts a drug user for info and says the latter will be dodging "d*cks" in prison if he doesn't talk.
  • We see Jimmy shirtless.
  • In passing, we briefly see some mannequins dressed in lingerie in such a store.
  • Ray refers to a reporter's past "hard on" for a story.
  • Jimmy uses the comment "every swinging d*ck" in a nonsexual, non-genital related fashion.
  • SMOKING
  • Jimmy smokes at least twice, while Francis Jr. and Angel each smoke once (although one or both could be smoking pot) and some minor and miscellaneous characters also smoke.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A just widowed cop's wife cries in anguish upon news of her husband's demise. We later see his funeral, including her being handed a folded American flag that had draped his coffin.
  • Ray leaves a Christmas gift for Tasha, but she says they can't continue behaving like this, especially since they'll be divorced in a month (but he still cares for her, and she for him, but she knows it's over).
  • Ray tries to get info out of a female junkie, and says he'll take away her kid (for drug possession) if she doesn't cooperate.
  • Some tension develops between Ray and Francis Jr. when the former tells the latter the preliminary findings of his investigation that point to someone on Francis Jr.'s team. Later, Francis Sr. confronts Ray about that, telling him to clear everything through him first.
  • Abby dying from cancer and Francis Jr.'s discovery of himself in a bad bind that could land him in jail (and thus leave their young kids without a parent) puts a lot of stress on the couple.
  • Francis Sr. and Ray loudly argue about what's right and wrong, with Francis Sr.'s wife telling them to stop and then him yelling at her to leave the room.
  • Jimmy and Ray get into a fistfight, with both delivering blows and bashing each other about a bar.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Corrupt cops.
  • We see that Abby is bald, has lots of medicine, and then learn she's dying from cancer.
  • Jimmy thinking the end goal of his cleaning up the streets justifies him breaking the law.
  • VIOLENCE
  • There's some hard contact during a football game.
  • A bloody victim is wheeled out on a gurney, while we see several dead and bloody cops inside, including what looked like a bloody dog (and there's blood on the floors, walls, etc.) from an unseen ambush. We later hear that all four cops died from this.
  • Jimmy punches and breaks a wall mirror in anger.
  • Jimmy and his fellow cops destroy evidence by pouring gasoline inside a dead cabbie's cab and then use a flare to ignite that.
  • Angel places a potato over his handgun barrel (as a silencer) and shoots a man dead (we don't see the impact).
  • Two of the corrupt cops shake down a business owner for cash, with one punching and bloodying that man before holding his handgun to his head and pulling the trigger (knowing it was empty) and then laughingly saying he was just "f*cking with you."
  • Some thugs anxiously look out a window down several floors to cops outside checking out a car. Just then, we hear a loud gunshot and a lot of blood splatters onto the window. We then see two dead bodies on the floor with pools of blood around them. The police note another body in the bathtub and that the person has been dead longer, but most of the body is covered by newspaper and such.
  • Ray notes what appears to be a gun barrel burn mark on a female junkie's temple.
  • Francis Jr. pushes Santiago back against a wall and then to the floor while upset with his behavior.
  • Jimmy pushes a drug dealer back against a wall while the two have harsh and threatening words toward each other.
  • A door suddenly bursts open, Jimmy and other cops rush in, and Jimmy violently overturns a table. He then strikes a thug several times and bashes him back against a wall (leaving him very bloody), while his partner punches a mother in the face. When the thug won't talk, Jimmy takes the mother's infant and then threatens to press a hot iron to its face, while the other cop fires a warning shot into the kitchen near another woman and child. Jimmy then says he'll come back, slit that man's throat, "f*ck" his wife and kill his child.
  • Ray hears shots from inside a building, takes cover, calls for backup, and then enters the place, gun drawn. He slowly ascends the stairwell, finds a dead guy on the floor, hears what sounds like torture and screaming, and then bursts into a room where he finds cops torturing a thug (they have something large jammed down his throat in a bathtub, but the scene is dimly lit so it's hard to see exactly what it is). Ray wants them to stop, and when they don't, he aims his gun on one. Jimmy shoots the thug dead (no impact seen but the shots are heard), while Ray punches Jimmy who then drives him back against a wall.
  • Seated in the backseat of a reporter's car (with the reporter up front), a bad cop confesses to what he and others have done. He then places a towel or something similar over his head and we then hear the suicidal gunshot that takes the reporter by surprise. We then see blood on the inside of the car window.
  • A man shadows Ray who then rushes up, grabs him, and pushes the reporter back against a fence.
  • A bad cop hits a business owner in a shakedown, takes his cash, and starts to walk out when that owner shoots him in the back. The cop's partner then rushes in, aims his gun at the owner who drops his, and then shoots and kills an innocent man who he thought was armed. Outside, an angry mob gathers, with one man standing on the cops' car and bashing the windshield with a bat, prompting the bad cop to aim his gun at the store owner to find a way out.
  • Jimmy and Ray get into a fistfight, with both delivering blows and bashing each other about a bar. Jimmy seems to get the upper hand until Ray twice hits him on the head with a billiards ball. Both are very bloody following that.
  • An angry mob smashes a car, and then surround two cops (one in cuffs). They try to hold them off, including with one gun and a pole, but the mob grabs the one cop and repeatedly hit him (with his gun going off), while the other cop gives up, knowing what's coming. One thug then strikes him on the head with a crowbar, followed by the others viciously attacking him (we only see the beginning of the deadly attack). The other cop is later seen alive, albeit bruised and bloody.



  • Reviewed October 20, 2008 / Posted October 24, 2008

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