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"CONTRABAND"
(2012) (Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Crime Thriller: A former smuggler is enticed to do one last job to pay off his brother-in-law's debt to a New Orleans criminal.
PLOT:
Chris Farraday (MARK WAHLBERG) was once a great smuggler, but he abandoned his life of crime to live the quiet life with his wife, Kate (KATE BECKINSALE), and their two young sons. He now has a successful business installing security alarms in people's homes.

However, he is enticed into pulling one last job when his brother-in-law, Andy (CALEB LANDRY JONES), botches a drug deal for a vicious New Orleans crime boss named Tim Briggs (GIOVANNI RIBISI). To settle Andy's debt, Chris enlists the help of his best friend, Sebastian (BEN FOSTER), and his jailed father, Bud (WILLIAM LUCKING), to assemble a boat crew who will sail to Panama and return to Louisiana with millions in counterfeit money. They include the ship's cook Tarik (LUCKY JOHNSON), engineer Igor (OLAFUR DARRI OLAFSSON), and newly married crewman Danny (LUKAS HAAS).

Back home, though, Briggs terrorizes Kate repeatedly to put pressure on Chris not to screw up. On the ship, Captain Camp (J.K. SIMMMONS) is suspicious of Chris and his crew's every move. And in Panama, an even more ruthless crime lord named Gonzalo (DIEGO LUNA) has to be dealt with carefully. There is also a traitor in the mix, and he threatens to derail Chris' entire plan.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens may be attracted to the film's action elements and popular cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence, pervasive language, and brief drug use.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MARK WAHLBERG plays a former smuggler who has abandoned his ...


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