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"SNITCH"
(2013) (Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama/Action: A father goes to extreme measures to try to have his estranged teenage son's serious drug sentence lessened.
PLOT:
John Matthews (DWAYNE JOHNSON) is a hard-working man who runs a trucking business and is married to Analisa (NADINE VELAZQUEZ) with whom he has a young daughter. He also has a teenage son, Jason (RAFI GAVRON), from a previous marriage to Sylvie (MELINA KANAKAREDES), and they need his help now. Having reluctantly agreed to accept and hold a large shipment of ecstasy pills for a friend, Jason has now been busted for possession with the intent to distribute, a federal charge that could land him in prison for at least ten years.

John visits and pleads with U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (SUSAN SARANDON) for some leniency, but since she's working with undercover DEA agent Cooper (BARRY PEPPER) to crack down on the drug trade, she isn't willing to do anything unless Jason snitches on others. Since the high school senior has no one to give up in exchange for a lessened sentence, John proposes that he go undercover, infiltrate the drug trade and deliver to Joanne the people she desires.

She reluctantly agrees, and with John knowing he has some ex-cons working for him, he searches for one who might be able to introduce him into such criminal activity. That man is Daniel James (JON BERNTHAL), twice convicted of drug trafficking but now trying to turn his life around with his wife, Vanessa (LELA LOREN), and their young son. Knowing a third strike will land him back in prison, Daniel is reluctant, but the large amount of cash that John dangles in front of him changes his mind.

Daniel then introduces him to his former drug acquaintance, local dealer Malik (MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS) who's similarly trying to lay low as a third strike will also send him to prison. Pretending his business is floundering and needs another source of income, John convinces Malik to allow him to transport drugs in his new rigs in exchange for a cut of the action.

With Joanne observing from a distance and Cooper closely trailing this activity, John ends up getting deep into the drug trade, a development that eventually leads to him meeting Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera (BENJAMIN BRATT), the American head of a Mexican drug cartel. Realizing the danger but recognizing his son's life is in the balance, John does what he can to pull off his ruse.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Fans of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson may show some interest, while those expecting a hard-hitting action pic (which some might believe the film to be) could as well.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For drug content and sequences of violence.


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