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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

In the action thriller SNITCH, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.

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common sense

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

Fact-based thriller paints harsh picture of drug trade.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snitch is an action thriller that doesn't sugarcoat the violence inherent in the drug trade. There are plenty of bloody gunfights and shootings, some at close range, and other brutal clashes, too (a man is shown strangling another, etc.). Cars chase and drive into each other on freeways, crashing and exploding and claiming lives. Criminals threaten each other with words and weapons (mostly guns). There are also allusions to prisoners beating up others to exert their dominance. A teen is shown discussing the use of Ecstasy (though he's not seen actually using), and he and a friend plot the delivery and sale of drugs. There's also some social drinking and swearing, including "s--t," "hell," and "ass."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Snitch's messages. How does the movie's violent content affect the impact of any positive themes/take-aways?
  • How does the movie depict the drug trade? Do the consequences for use/dealing seem realistic? Fair?
  • Talk about how Jason gets in trouble in the first place. Is it believable? What do you think of the legal consequences of his one mistake? Do they seem fair?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: For all its lunkheadedness, "Snitch" is a shockingly deeper, less action-oriented affair than one would expect ...

- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rotten: The dialogue is preachy, the drama too earnest and the action kind of sluggish, though it's hard not to get a jolt when Johnson jumps behind the wheel.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fresh: In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, February 21, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Decent enough drama, but not what I was expecting. The promo poster doesn't help either. It has some action, but was expecting a lot more.

- stuartb1234, Friday, May 24, 2013

3 stars

I've been a fan of The Rock since his days in the WWE, and watching this movie I just kept thinking "Damn he's come a long way". From "Scorpion King" to now "Snitch", he has really grown into a terrific actor. "Snitch" is based on the true story of a father going undercover to help arrest drug dealers in a deal with the D.A.(Susan Sarandan) to get his son out of prison. His son got popped for accepting a package that contained drugs, but he claims he made a huge mistake and never intended to sell them. His dad(Rock) believes him and the does whatever he can. Rock is very believable as a "working class" owner of a construction company, which I thought going into it would be a stretch. But he pulls it off. You feel for him, and you want to see him help his son. The supporting cast are all decent, and exactly what you would expect in a cheaper action type thriller. Barry Pepper even has a weird(very weird billy goat beard). Not bad, not great, but entertaining and won't put you to sleep.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, March 2, 2013

3 stars

Home Run for The Rock. This is one of his best film roles that I have seen him in. I know a lot of people don't think he was the right actor for the role, but in my opinion, he pulled it off. What I like is that he is not the same action hero that we have seen him be in past action films. Here he is a vulnerable average man thrown into an amazing situation. He reminded me a little of Arnold's performance in Total Recall. From beginning to end, we care for The Rock's character and want to see him make it through this situation. The film did remind me of movies like The Firm, The Next Three Days, and Black Dog. It is very suspenseful. I thought the action scenes were well shot. The Rock has a great supporting cast backing him up. Jon Bernthal almost steals the film from The Rock. Susan Sarandon is great as the D.A. Benjamin Bratt is great as the villain. Melina Kanakaredes is great as the Rock's ex wife in the film. While, Barry Pepper did a good job in the film, I didn't like his goatee in it. He looked like a cartoon character. I definitely recommend this film. The Rock should make more films like this one.

- SC007, Sunday, February 24, 2013