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action & adventure

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

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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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®

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2 stars

Parker is honestly better than I thought it would be, but it's ultimately forgettable. It's no Payback. It's not even Jack Reacher. It has a nice fight sequence and feels far less ridiculous than Statham's normal nonsense, but it just never goes to any kind of unique or entertaining levels to set itself apart.

- fb508860270, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2 stars

Gotta say I've seen better from Statham. As always though, Statham comes through with a top-notch performance with his delivery, but there is some weak acting outside of his performance. Jennifer Lopez, though stunning, is too comically written and the heist compatriots are given such little to say, their actions speak louder than their words, which is boring. It's up and down with the action. It's too spaced out with filler storyline that pauses the important plot moves too long. Hopefully the next action movie Statham puts out is a better effort from the whole crew.

- fb1544220109, Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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