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action & adventure, thrillers

Former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) is pitted against the clock, desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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4 out of 5

Lackluster action flick has too many smashed cars to count.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Getaway is a near-nonstop car chase from beginning to end. Ethan Hawke stars as a former race car driver whose wife has been kidnapped. The villain instructs him to drive a customized sports car on a specific route, plowing through crowded pedestrian malls, eluding the cops, causing all sorts of mayhem, and destroying too many vehicles to count. Selena Gomez co-stars as an unwilling passenger who becomes his ally. There's a bit of swearing ("s--t," "ass," etc.) and some serious product placement for the Shelby Super Snake -- the muscle car that's the real star of the film -- but the real issue is the constant loud crashing and destruction.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the kind of action violence shown in Getaway. What kind of impact does it have compared to what you might see in a horror movie? Is any of it meant to be realistic?
  • What audience do you think Getaway is intended to appeal to? How can you tell?
  • How far is Brent willing to go to save his wife? Where does he draw the line? What would you do? Is he a sympathetic character despite the choices he makes/actions he takes? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Director Courtney Solomon doesn't know how to shoot action; his herky-jerk style is a constant distraction and never lets momentum build.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, August 30, 2013

Rotten: Getaway has some of the crass trappings of a charmingly crass, go-for-broke action pic like the delightful Crank. But it's too dumb - and far too cynical about what audiences want - to even know how to have fun with them.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Friday, August 30, 2013

Fresh: This latter-day B movie can be rather fun in its preposterousness and bargain-basement style.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, September 19, 2013

Audience Reviews

0 star


- aquateen2, Tuesday, November 26, 2013

3 stars

Get in. Get out. Getaway. Good decent movie! This is a popcorn movie. Nothing more. I understood that going in. It's not high art. It doesn't revolutionize movie-making, and is not even the high point of the genre. But it's entertaining, and that's all I ask of a movie. Give me some popcorn and a Coke, and dim the lights, let me forget about the world for a couple hours, and I'm happy. Most of the plot was admittedly easy to figure out early on, but the movie still provided plenty of excitement in how it got there. There were some aspects of the story that were dismissed without explaining a lot of detail, but it didn't rely on otherwise smart people doing dumb things to make it all work, and I appreciated that as well. Overall, I enjoyed Getaway, but that may be in part because I went in with low expectations. The movie is what it is and if you know what you're getting into it shouldn't be that much of a letdown. Getaway is the gritty, exciting action thriller from Warner Brothers in which former race car driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock as he commandeers a custom Shelby Super Snake Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner on a high-speed adventure at the command of a mysterious villain on a race against time to save the life of his kidnapped wife.

- MANUGINO, Sunday, November 17, 2013

1 star


- fb100001050230219, Thursday, October 31, 2013