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(2012) (Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena) (R)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Two L.A. cops, known for taking risks and bending the rules, come across heightened criminal activity they're determined to stop but that puts them in grave danger.
PLOT:
Brian Taylor (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) and Mike Zavala (MICHAEL PENA) are Los Angeles Police Department street patrol officers known for getting the job done, but not without bending some rules and taking some risks. While their unit leader, Sarge (FRANK GRILLO), mostly lets them get away with that sort of behavior, fellow cop Van Hauser (DAVID HARBOUR) warns them that one day it will come back around and bite them, and that the LAPD won't have their back if it does.

Ignoring such warnings, Brian and Mike continue on their way, interspersing dealing with a variety of crimes with talk of their private lives, namely Mike's wife, Gabbie (NATALIE MARTINEZ), being pregnant, while Brian has just started dating Janet (ANNA KENDRICK). While that shows their gentler sides, they still have to be tough with the likes of gang members such as Big Evil (MAURICE COMPTE) and La La (YAHIRA GARCIA), the latter who taunts Orozco (AMERICA FERRERA) for now being a cop.

As they do that, Brian and Mike also run across criminal activity tied to foreign drug cartels. Aware of but undeterred by the dangers of putting their feet in such waters, the two cops don't realize the true ramifications of their actions until it's almost too late.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into realistic cop dramas and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might be interested (but beyond older teens, it doesn't seem that likely).
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use.


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