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Shoot 'Em Up

Clive Owen stars as a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti).

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Over-the-top action with guns, guns, and ... guns.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this over-the-top, gun-focused action movie brims with wild violence and its effects. Much of it is presented in a comic, cartoonishly excessive way, but characters are still left torn, bloodied, bruised, and broken. Violent acts are mostly shooting-related (one particularly extreme sequence features characters shooting at each other during a fall from an airplane), but there are explosions and car crashes too -- all with painful-looking results. Sexual content includes references to the heroine's work as a prostitute (she's introduced in brothel), plus shots of naked breasts and cleavage, and a prolonged sex act during a violent assault. Language is quite salty (primarily variations on "f--k") but probably not as plentiful as you'd expect -- mostly because so much of the screen time is spent shooting instead of talking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's cartoonish approach to violence. How does seeing the kind of extreme violence typical of Looney Toons shorts translated to live-action affect your opinion of both approaches? Is animated violence easier to stomach than its real-life counterpart? Why or why not? Why do we as filmgoers like to see things go bang and blow up? What are the consequences of violence in real life? What messages is the movie sending about guns and "gun control"?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Say what you will about Bugs Bunny, at least he never needed a backstory.

- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Shoot 'em Up dispenses with plot, character development and coherency, but it's a blast all the same.

- Christian Toto, Washington Times, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Dave White,, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Clive Owen should be James Bond.

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

4 stars

I normally hate Clive Owen vehicles, But I've made exceptions for Sin City and this film. This is one of the craziest, most over the top action films that I have ever seen. Shoot 'Em Up is one badass action film that has insane gunfights, and one killer soundtrack. Everything about the film is so over the top that it almost makes Crank look like a normal film by comparison . Shoot 'Em Up is a killer of a film, that is extremely entertaining. Unlike Wanted; a film that despised, I found Shoot 'em Up to be a very good action packed film. Lacking sense or story, and at times logic; Shoot 'em Up is one of the most over the top films in quite some time, what separates this film from Wanted is the fact that Wanted has constant slow motion scenes, that is very irritating and pretty pointless. But with Shoot 'Em Up, you lack a logical story, but you have tremendous action. While Wanted tried so hard to take itself so seriously, this film doesn't, and thats why this film is better and thats why it's a lot of fun. Clive Owen is usually a bad actor, but he delivers his best performance since Sin City. Paul Giamati is amusing as the bad guy. Shoot 'Em Up is a terrific action film that delivers great amounts of non-stop action and truly offers an awesome viewing experience. If crazy action flicks are your thing then give this one a viewing. The film has a somewhat decent enough story inserted between the many action packed scenes. But the thing that I appreciate about this over exaggerated action film is that unlike action flicks of this type, everyone seems to have fun on screen and pull something extremely entertaining on camera. Others like Wanted don't feel like fun, and feel like they're trying too hard to create something "awesome" on screen. Only Shoot 'em Up and Crank deliver the goods in over exaggerated action. This is an awesome thrill a minute film that doesn't disappoint. If you want to have a film that will thrill till the end, then this film is definitely for you. A truly awesome action flick that will satisfy action film junkies everywhere.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Monday, October 11, 2010

4 stars

this movie is awesome. A-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, June 30, 2010