The bottom line: There is no way in a family newspaper to go into more detail about the gross lewdness in “Movie 43.” Suffice it to say that it weaves sexual situations with toilet humor, psychological torment and occasional violence, and all of it is laced with profanity, some violence and psychological torment.
Parker. This watch-checker of a movie is too violent and profane for most high-schoolers younger than 17 and has scenes showing innocent bystanders at a state fair endangered by guns, explosions and fire. Mostly, the movie allows star Jason Statham to get bloodied, talk tough, shoot and stab people and bang heads, while co-star Jennifer Lopez squeaks about money and her failing real estate career. Statham plays Parker, a thief with a code of ethics. Parker’s cohorts mess up and people get hurt. Parker has it out with guys who try to kill him but fail. He then decamps to Florida, where he thinks the people who betrayed him are now planning a big jewel heist. In West Palm Beach he encounters Leslie, who gets wise to his criminal ways and offers to help him for a fee.
The bottom line: The violence includes graphic gunplay, knifings and bone-cracking fights, often with bloody wounds, plus explosions and fires that endanger innocent people. The profanity is strong. We see one briefly implied but non-graphic sexual situation and scenes with topless women.
Stand Up Guys. This gangster comedy includes too much sexually explicit language (plus a graphic visual joke), strong profanity and gun and other violence to be appropriate for high-schoolers younger than 17. College-age film buffs who know stars Al Pacino and Christopher Walken may enjoy it, though the pace is slow and the action sequences relatively rare. Val gets out of prison after many years, having taken the fall for his comrades. Doc picks him up. They pay a call on their pal Hirsch in his nursing home and have an adventure together. Alas, the fun must be fleeting.
The bottom line: The language is strong. The film includes a protracted and visually implied Viagra joke. There are strong hints of nudity. There are brothel visits. Val tries to get high snorting prescription drugs. The action features gun and fist violence that is relatively understated for an R-rated film.
Horwitz is a freelance writer.