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"LAWLESS"
(2012) (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy) (R)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A brotherly trio of Prohibition-era bootleggers must contend with outsiders who try to have an impact on their business.
PLOT:
Forrest (TOM HARDY), Howard (JASON CLARKE) and Jack Bondurant (SHIA LaBEOUF) are brothers who operate as bootleggers in Franklin County, VA during Prohibition. They have a successful business, helped in part by Forrest's belief that they're invincible and the fact that the local lawmen are some of their best customers. And with city-girl Maggie (JESSICA CHASTAIN) deciding to come work for them behind the counter of their station, they even have a pretty face as the front of their operation.

Things change when the Commonwealth Attorney wants to crack down on their type and thus brings in Special Agent Charlie Rakes (GUY PEARCE) from Chicago to put an end to their illegal activities. Undeterred by that and desirous of getting out from under his older brothers' shadows, Jack takes it upon himself to deliver some moonshine to local gangster Floyd Banner (GARY OLDMAN) with friend Cricket Pate (DANE DeHAAN), and the two young men start their own offshoot business. That allows Jack the money to impress Bertha Minnix (MIA WASIKOWSKA), the daughter of the local preacher who doesn't like the young man or what he's up to.

That sentiment is shared by Rakes and he, his goons and the hired local law start cracking down on the various bootleggers. All of which leads to violent confrontations with the Bondurant brothers.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's always hard to say about period films, but if they're into gangster movies of old and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might have some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.


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