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Pawn Shop Chronicles

action & adventure, comedy

A missing wedding ring incites a wild-goose chase involving meth addicts, skinheads, and an Elvis impersonator in this action-packed, all-star comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Pulp Fiction-inspired nastiness full of drugs and violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pawn Shop Chronicles is a shockingly violent comedy in three segments, each centered around a small town-Louisiana pawn shop and each crossing over with the others at some point. Violence is very strong, including female sex slaves being held captive in cages, naked and covered in filth. There's also shooting, stabbing, fighting, death, and blood. A man is shown getting sexual pleasure (and masturbating) to his army of naked women, and they're shown with full-frontal nudity in several shots. Language is also extremely strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and most other four-letter words. And drugs are also an issue: The first segment concentrates on meth addicts trying to steal more drugs from their dealer; they're shown under the influence, but not actually taking drugs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Pawn Shop Chronicles' crazy violence. What's the intent of these shocking images? Who do you think they're meant to appeal to?
  • The sexual slavery sequence is perhaps the most disturbing thing in the movie. Parents, talk to your teens about your own values related to sex and relationships.
  • How does the movie portray drugs? Does it make them seem at all appealing? Are there any realistic consequences?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: These stories collectively amount to little more than a portrait of rural life as a redneck nightmare wherein people are very stupid or very evil.

- Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rotten: It gets pretty tiring watching decent actors indulge in such broad and unfunny caricatures.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rotten: A fine cast is wasted in this lurid, grindhouse-style effort that strains for both laughs and shocks.

- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Thursday, July 11, 2013

Audience Reviews

1 star

The movie is a big mess all together. Director, Wayne Kramer is think was trying to pull off what Quentin Tarantino or Joe Carnahan have pulled off in the the past but just mixes dark humor, brutality, vulgarity in a unsuccessful and less compelling way possible. Now Paul Walkers segment was indeed entertaining and funny but after that the film has no vibe or energy and is a waste of a good cast and a directors talent.

- allan913, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5 stars

Loved it, great stories, actors sold it all, will watch again!

- fb573220345, Monday, March 24, 2014