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"DRIVE"
(2011) (Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan) (R)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Action: A Hollywood stuntman, who moonlights as the getaway driver for a bank robbery ring, finds himself the target when a contract is put on his head following a heist that goes wrong.
PLOT:
A man known only as The Driver (RYAN GOSLING) works days in an auto garage for Shannon (BRYAN CRANSTON), his boss who also arranges two other occasional types of jobs for him. One is as a Hollywood stunt driver, a practice that means he's quite good at the other. And that's as a getaway driver for one-time criminal heists. The Driver is so good at both that Shannon has gone to his long-time criminal boss associate, Bernie Rose (ALBERT BROOKS), to ask for money to invest in a race car that will be driven by The Driver. Bernie's hot-headed criminal partner, Nino (RON PERLMAN), isn't pleased with the arrangement, but Bernie doesn't care.

When The Driver isn't doing any of that, he's found himself attracted to his apartment neighbor, a pretty waitress named Irene (CAREY MULLIGAN) who's raising her young son, Benicio (KADEN LEOS), by herself while her husband, Standard Gabriel (OSCAR ISAAC), is in prison. The two eventually fall for each other, a development hampered by the fact that Standard is now being released from jail. To complicate matters, he owes prison protection money to a criminal figure who's now raised the payback price and has threatened to harm Irene and Benicio if Standard doesn't knock off a pawn shop with accomplice Blanche (CHRISTINA HENDRICKS).

Considering how he now feels about Irene and her son, The Driver decides to help Standard out of his predicament. Little does he or any of them know, however, what that will ultimately mean for all of them when the heist goes bad.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be drawn to it, especially if they're into heist-based action flicks and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity.


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