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(2004) (Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman) (PG-13)

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Comedy: A likable, small-time criminal tries to stay ahead of the game when he gets involved with a number of people who may or may not be participating in a crime-based con.
Jack Ryan (OWEN WILSON) is a small-time criminal whose bad luck and bad choices have led him to Hawaii in search of greener pastures. Yet, it's not long before he gets into trouble again at a construction site where he works for shady real estate developer Ray Ritchie (GARY SINISE). As the locals protest the razing of land, Jack cracks Ray's foreman, Lou Harris (VINNIE JONES), on the head with a baseball bat.

Jack is eventually let out of jail and is hired by District Judge Walter Crewes (MORGAN FREEMAN) who has him work as a handyman at the coastal motel he runs, but oddly seems just as interested in Jack's criminal background.

Another person seemingly interested in him is Nancy Hayes (SARA FOSTER), a young woman who's having an affair with Ray. While he's away with his wife, Alison (BEBE NEUWIRTH), Nancy wants Jack to help her rob him of the $200,000 he reportedly has lying around his hunting lodge. Their sudden and close time spent together doesn't sit well with Bob Rogers, Jr. (CHARLIE SHEEN), Ray's married right-hand man who's smitten with Nancy and has been ordered to get Jack off the island.

Falling deeper for Nancy, Jack starts to scope out and plan the robbery, all while dealing with the notion that there may be more to her, the crime and the rest of the players than it initially appears.

If they're fans of anyone in the cast or movie adaptations of Elmore Leonard's works, they just might.
For sexual content and nudity, violence and language.
To avoid giving away any late in the film surprises or twists, only the initial characteristics are noted here.
  • OWEN WILSON plays a small-time criminal who's lured into additional criminal behavior by the seductive Nancy. He breaks various laws, uses some profanity, and apparently sleeps with Nancy, all while trying to stay ahead of the game.
  • MORGAN FREEMAN plays a district judge who gives Jack a job at his coastal motel, smokes pipes, drinks, uses some profanity, and seems oddly interested in his criminal background.
  • SARA FOSTER plays a young (and usually scantly clad) woman who's having an affair with Ray, teases Bob in a similar vein, seduces and apparently sleeps with Jack, uses some profanity, drinks, and is involved in staging a crime.
  • GARY SINISE plays a shady real estate developer who's having an affair with Nancy. He uses profanity.
  • BEBE NEUWIRTH plays his wife, a lush who uses some profanity.
  • VINNIE JONES plays Ray's hulking foreman who acts menacingly toward Jack but ends up on the wrong end of physical violence.
  • CHARLIE SHEEN plays Ray's right-hand man who's ordered to get rid of Jack and wants to have an affair with Nancy. He uses some profanity.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Some sexually related dialogue is present in several scenes, some fooling around occurs and sex (hetero and homosexual) is implied. Various women are seen in various forms of revealing attire, while brief and partial female nudity is present.

    Most of the major characters have bad attitudes of one form or another (including of the criminal variety), while a person is drugged (and dies) and another is shot in the face (with brief, bloody results). Some striking of others and fighting (with some bloody results) also occurs.

    Various characters drink and/or smoke, while some imitative behavior 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.

  • Jack fakes carrying a case of beer to a party so that he can break into and enter the place.
  • Jack has a beer, while Walter has one and brings another to Jack.
  • Bob has a beer, while others around him also drink. Nancy then downs a shot.
  • Jack jokes about Walter liquoring him up.
  • We see bottle of liquor on an outside bar and inside a house where Nancy has a drink.
  • We see liquor on a yacht and Nancy then tells Jack, "Let's have a drink." Later, Jack asks if she wants to have a nightcap.
  • Jack drinks liquor from a bottle.
  • Jack tells Nancy that there's no beer in the refrigerator. She then tells him to look in the cabinet but he doesn't find any.
  • Lou and another man have beer.
  • Walter and Jack have drinks and then more.
  • When Nancy spots Alison with a drink, she says, "Tell me that's number one" (meaning the number of drinks she's had). Alison then has another drink.
  • Jack and Walter have drinks with two other men while playing a game.
  • Alison has a drink.
  • Alison has another drink.
  • Bob has a bad nosebleed from a fight (with blood on his face and shirt) and Jack (who has a little blood on his shirt) tells Bob to blow his nose to stop the bleed (he does, with additional bloody results).
  • We see blood on a man's head and the floor beneath him after he's been shot.
  • Without giving away the film's surprises, various characters set-up, double-cross and/or conspire against others while trying to pull off a crime-based con.
  • A man refers to native Hawaiians as "coconut niggers."
  • Jack discovers that a cop has stolen his harmonica.
  • We hear that Nancy is having an affair with Ray and she comes on to Bob, who's married.
  • Ray is a shady real estate developer who's having an affair with Nancy and has a bad attitude toward Jack.
  • Jack breaks into and robs a place.
  • Bob, working under orders from Ray, threatens Jack and wants him to leave the island.
  • Nancy states that Ray cheats on his taxes.
  • We see that Nancy and Jack have stolen a car (at her request for him to teach her how to do that).
  • Nancy wants Jack to steal $200,000 from Ray's hunting lodge.
  • Jack and Nancy break into a person's place.
  • Some viewers might not like Walter stating, "God is an imaginary friend for grownups."
  • Bob tries to remove his wedding ring while waiting for Nancy to come downstairs.
  • Ray asks Bob about Nancy, "How's the bitch?"
  • Nancy shoplifts a pineapple in a grocery store.
  • Those very sensitive to violence might find scenes listed under that category as unsettling or tense, but none are intentionally played that way.
  • We briefly see a woman with a rifle (who thought she heard burglars).
  • Lou aims a shotgun at Walter before hitting him in the crotch or gun with its butt. He then aims the gun at Jack, but Walter grabs Lou from behind and the gun goes off.
  • Alison holds a handgun and prepares to shoot an unconscious man, but can't. She does, however, shoot a man in the head when he suddenly surprises her (he later gets up and runs away, injured and bloody but alive).
  • Phrases: "F*ck Thursday," "Dumb sh*t," "Looking like sh*t," "Cut the sh*t," "Into some kinky sh*t," "Oh sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "Sure as sh*t," "Shut up," "Coconut niggers," "Kick your ass," "Get your skinny ass moving," "Like hell you didn't," "Idiot," "What a freak hole," "What the hell /are you still doing here/is that supposed to mean?" "Shut the hell up," "Little bastard," "Kicked his ass," "Pissed," "How's the bitch?" and "Slutty."
  • Ray gives "the finger" to Jack.
  • Jack breaks into and robs a place.
  • Nancy wears various midriff-revealing tops in several scenes.
  • Nancy states that she dropped out of high school and became a hostess at a strip joint.
  • We see that Nancy and Jack have stolen a car (at her request for him to teach her how to do that).
  • Jack has a tattoo on his shoulder.
  • Some people do high dives off a cliff and into a lagoon.
  • A miscellaneous man has many tattoos.
  • Nancy shoplifts a pineapple in a grocery store.
  • Nancy gives "the finger" to Alison.
  • A person gives another person "the finger."
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  • At least 1 "f" word, 17 "s" words, 1 incomplete slang term for male genitals ("d*ck"), 11 asses (3 used with "hole"), 6 hells, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 damn, 4 uses of "God," 2 of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "G-damn," "Christ," "For Christ's sakes," "Good Lord" and "Jesus."
  • From a long distance, we see Nancy sunbathing in the nude (lying face down). We then see a closer shot (from in front of her) were we see part of her bare butt and then her with just a towel around her.
  • We hear that Nancy is having an affair with Ray and she comes on to Bob.
  • Ray mentions "breaking and entering" and tells Nancy "that ought to turn you on."
  • We see a miscellaneous woman in a small bikini.
  • Jack comments about Nancy saying that she's "practically undressing me with her eyes." Walter then says that she's "turned on" by the criminal type.
  • We see miscellaneous women in bikinis, some of which show cleavage and/or other skin.
  • We see many shots of Nancy walking along the beach in a small bikini.
  • Nancy wears a tight, form-revealing top.
  • Nancy suggestively tells Jack, "Let's do something that makes the sex better afterwards." Jack then jokingly replies that he thinks that sex makes the sex better afterwards.
  • At night, Nancy strips off her clothes and runs out into the water. We see a split-second, full side view of her nude body (from a distance and in the dark), then a mostly silhouetted one from behind as she enters the water. Once on a boat, we see another split-second nude side view of her. We later see her and Jack in the water again and both are presumably nude, although we don't see anything this time.
  • We see Jack with just a towel around him as he sits with Nancy who runs her foot along his leg.
  • Spotting Jack and Nancy who are apparently nude, a woman tells them, "Get a room...and a rubber."
  • We see Nancy in a bikini.
  • While under the covers, Nancy playfully tells Jack, "Guess if I have any clothes on" (she does).
  • Nancy and Jack hide in a cop's place (initially unaware it was his) and then see that he's apparently gay (he comes into the room from the bathroom wearing just a towel after which another man in a towel joins him).
  • Jack and Nancy do some brief, passionate kissing.
  • We see a woman's bare back as she has just a towel covering her front (as she waits for Jack to fix her shower).
  • We see Nancy in another tight top (that shows the shape of her nipples) and a short and tight denim skirt.
  • While still wearing her skirt, Nancy suggestively removes her panties in front of Jack. He then playfully asks, "You think I'm that easy?" When she replies in the affirmative, he states that maybe he is. He then jokingly asks if her mother is hot like her.
  • We see Jack and Nancy in bed, under the covers. She then sits up and we see her bare back (other nudity is blocked). We then see Nancy wearing just a towel as she goes to see Bob who's shown up downstairs (he says they have 15 minutes to fool around). He then pulls her close to him and gropes her butt in that towel, but she returns upstairs to Jack where she straddles him on the bed. She then ties his hands to the bed (which he thinks is kinky but she's doing that to keep him from following her downstairs). Once there, she tells Bob that "tasting the goods" might spoil his appetite (for her) later that week (she makes him leave). We then see a head and shoulders shot and then a wider one of Nancy and Jack in bed under the covers (just snuggling). The next morning, she comments on the previous night (of unseen sex) and playfully growls her approval of what occurred.
  • We see Nancy in a bikini.
  • When asked by Nancy what he initially thought of her, Jack playfully responds, "If that girl's not careful, she'll end up on the business end of my d*ck" (but that last word is partially muffled when she puts her hand over his mouth).
  • Nancy jokingly tells Bob that maybe they should have his wife join them.
  • Bob tells Nancy that she's a knockout "in a slutty kind of way."
  • Nancy makes a comment about catching a man and woman "going at it."
  • Walter smokes a pipe at least 5 times, while a minor character smokes a cigarette once.
  • We hear that Nancy is having an affair with Ray and she comes on to Bob, who's married.
  • Criminals and those who try to set up and execute crimes and cons.
  • Nancy states that she dropped out of high school and became a hostess at a strip joint.
  • Jack swings a baseball bat that then connects with Lou's face. We hear the impact, but the sight of it's frozen on video.
  • At her request, Jack spars with Nancy in a boxing ring, eventually hitting and knocking her to the canvas.
  • Jack hits Bob in the face with a small log/branch, prompting Bob to grab Jack and drive him backwards. Jack then repeatedly hits him with that log/branch until Bob gets the upper hand and repeatedly punches Jack. Jack then head-butts Bob with the back of his head, bloodying Bob's nose.
  • Ray slaps Bob on the head.
  • A huge truck driven by Lou smashes into the back of a smaller truck driven by Walter. Lou then gets out and aims a shotgun at Walter before hitting him in the crotch or gut with its butt. He then aims the gun at Jack, but Walter grabs Lou from behind, the gun goes off and Jack punches Lou in the face, knocking him out.
  • We see a man tumbling down the steps and landing on the floor unconscious (from a pill overdose given to him by another person -- not seen). We later see a body bag being (containing his body) pushed off the end of a yacht and into the ocean.
  • Alison holds a handgun and prepares to shoot an unconscious man, but can't. She does, however, shoot a man in the head when he suddenly surprises her (he later gets up and runs away, injured and bloody but alive). She then nearly hits the unconscious man with a baseball bat, but is interrupted.

  • Reviewed January 26, 2004 / Posted January 30, 2004

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