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(2012) (Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell) (R)

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

Black Comedy: After his dog-napping friends steal a pooch belonging to a mobster, a screenwriter must deal with the ramifications as he tries to write his screenplay about a septet of psychopaths.
Marty (COLIN FARRELL) is an Irish screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, is dating Kaya (ABBIE CORNISH), has a drinking problem, and is suffering some serious writer's block when it comes to penning his latest script that he's calling "Seven Psychopaths." While he could obviously garner some inspiration from news of a current serial killer known as the Jack of Diamonds killer, he's distracted by his friend, Billy (SAM ROCKWELL), who wants to write the script with him.

Billy runs a dog-napping scheme where he steals pooches off the street and then has his older and more philosophical partner, Hans (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN) -- whose wife Myra (LINDA BRIGHT CLAY) is in the hospital for cancer treatments, return the dogs in good Samaritan mode in hopes of collecting a handsome reward.

When Billy isn't doing that, he's trying to help Marty with his script idea. That includes running an ad for psychopaths that results in a visit from Zachariah (TOM WAITS) who once killed serial killers with his wife, Maggie (AMANDA WARREN), while also making up one about a Vietnamese Priest (LONG NGUYEN) who's hell-bent on getting revenge on Americans for the Vietnam War.

They get a current, real-life view of a psychopath when Billy steals the Shih Tzu belonging to L.A. gangster Charlie (WOODY HARRELSON), whose girlfriend, Angela (OLGA KURYLENKO), just so happens to be cheating on him with Billy. As Marty tries to figure out which stories to include in his screenplay, he must contend with the various ramifications of Billy's actions as his friend tries to turn the events into his own played-out-in-real-life movie.

Older teens who are into black and decidedly R-rated comedies might show some interest, which should also hold true for fans of anyone in the cast.
For strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use.

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