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Parker

action & adventure


Based on the Richard Stark novels, Parker is a thief who lives his life by a code of integrity.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    41%
  • Audience Score
    48%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5

Generic action flick has high body count, predictable plot.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Parker focuses on a career thief (Jason Statham) bent on revenge after his gang double crosses him and leaves him for dead. His quest for vengeance leaves a body count in his wake. There are also lots of intense fight scenes, involving guns, knives, fists, and even a few pieces of furniture, and there's plenty of blood. Some of the characters drink, and most of them swear throughout the film, managing to weave "f--k" (and more) into even everyday conversation. There are brief flashes of nudity, though the film is surprisingly devoid of romance, even with co-star Jennifer Lopez trying her best to seduce Parker.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Parker's code of behavior. Is it OK for him to steal from people who can afford it or to hurt people who've wronged him? Is there such a thing as an "honorable" thief?
  • Why does Jennifer Lopez's character try to get involved in Parker's scheme? Why does she seem to relish the idea of getting deeper into a criminal plot?
  • How does the movie's violence compare to other action thrillers you've seen?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    41%
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  • Audience

    48%

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The crime thriller Parker delivers a gritty, hard hitting action film that's based on a bestselling book series. When a professional thief named Parker is double-crossed by his crew, he follows them to Miami where he uses a real estate agent to help find them and exact revenge for their betrayal. Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, and Michael Chiklis lead the cast and deliver their usual performances. However, the grittiness of the film doesn't really work, as the ultra-violence detracts from the action instead of adding tension. And the character development is poor, as is the dialog. Overall Parker is a decent enough heist film, but it's nothing new and has already been done better.

- fb100000440772572, Saturday, June 15, 2013

2 stars

Taylor Hackford decided to change things up and try his hand at a noir-ish crime thriller...and he really changes it up by casting Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez. Oh boy, this is an odd mix. Is it honorable that he tried to do something different? Yeah. Unfortunately, this is a largely unremarkable thriller, and rather typical of Statham's recent output. Based on one of the Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) "Parker" novels, we get a typical story of a thief who is betrayed and left for dead following a heist, recovers, then decides to go out for revenge. This is as typical as it gets. At least it avoids having Statham hook up with Lopez. That was a nice touch. It's just a shame that the film is so uneven, especially with the tone. I appreciate a bit of humor with my action, but it doesn't really seem to gel that well here. Though, to her credit, Lopez is tolerable, and did sometimes get me to legitimately smile. I was also surprised, in a good way, by the level of violence here. I mean yeah, I knew it was to be rated R, but it was more graphic and brutal at times than I was expecting...and I'm actually okay with that. The film is watchable, and is pretty slick, and all that, but it feels far longer than it should be, and just kind of coasts along. Statham is fine, though pretty much doing more of what he always does. Like I said, Lopez is kinda funny, but it sticks out in a bad way. Chiklis is okay, but underused. Heck, all the main thugs are, which sucks considering that two of them are played by Clifton Collins, Jr. and Wendell Pierce. It also sucks that they wasted Bobby Cannavale. All in all, this isn't a totally terrible film, but it is unfortunately just a routine and rather ho-hum thriller. See it if you want, but it's totally fine if you don't.

- cosmo313, Thursday, July 11, 2013

2 stars

Parker is one of those films that look great on paper, but when it was put to celluloid, it simply didn't deliver. What we have here is a film that lacks in what it tries to do. The film is poorly constructed and the result is a mediocre movie that ends up being tiresome instead of entertaining and memorable. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but I felt that some members of the cast, especially Jennifer Lopez, who shouldn't act in the first place, brought the film down. Mix that with an undeveloped script and the result is a pointless action film that fails. What really is a shame is that, if given the write director, and a few rewrites, the film might have had a chance. However, that was not to be, and the finished film is just a boring action film with poor performances and in the long run, it's a forgettable affair that isn't worth your time. If you're expecting a good, entertaining film, you won't find it here. This film should have been good, and it could have, but it's a mediocre film, which just doesn't cut it. I love a good, mindless action yarn, but Parker tries far too hard at exceeding its limitations, and it comes up empty handed due to the lacking material that is given to the actors. One way to have improved on the film would have been to cast someone else in Lopez's role, and like I said, rewrite the script a bit so that everything would have had a nice flow, and in would have been a nicely thought out action film that would be entertaining from start to finish, instead of the poorly made mess that ends up being a not so satisfying film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, June 12, 2014