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The Lookout


Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

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PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Twisty heist flick is saved by star's performance.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although younger viewers might be drawn to this film by star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it features bloody, harrowing violence, lots of swearing ("f--k" and then some), and brief sexual imagery. A car accident is repeated from different angles throughout the film, and flashbacks showcase the aggression of hockey in short, handheld takes. But the goriest violence involves shootings (with handguns and shotguns) that result in bloody bodies. There are some brief glimpses of naked bottoms and other sexual scenes and characters drink (some to drunkenness), smoke cigarettes and pot, take prescription pills, and talk about meth production.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether anyone in this movie can be considered a role model. Does Lewis provide a positive model for Chris? What about Chris' own father, who refuses to help him? Can what happens to Chris be considered a metaphor for how people change after high school? How does the movie compare his former happy life with his current limited and depressed existence?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Forgettable fun.

- Amy Simmons, Time Out, Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fresh: Most noirs are coming of age stories where an innocent learns how vicious and cruel the world can be. Only he usually learns it while a hunk of hot lead burns in his gut.

- Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood, Saturday, October 18, 2008


- Brian Marder,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Audience Reviews

2 stars

It's cool, it's hip, it's the new noir etc etc but it's also extremely over-rated, much like the rest of Scott Frank's film work. Gordon-Levitt is a good actor but the reality is that his performance here is just good but not exceptional, in fact the whole film is actually fairly forgettable.

- SirPant, Monday, August 9, 2010

4 stars

The Lookout is a stellar film with a great cast. This is a very good Crime Thriller, as a young man who copes with the aftermath of his car accident is unwillingly set up to take part in the heist at the small town bank he works at. At first it's a game of setting up the guy, and he doesn't know whats going on, but he starts to notice somethings up. The tension slowly builds up, and director Scott Frank masterfully paces and steadily elevates the story so it doesn't attack you all at once. The Lookout is a terrific Crime Thriller with a bit of action, and is an impressive debut from first time director, Scott Frank. The cast he has assembled here is simply terrific, there is not one bad character, every character is well written and well developed. It's also very surprising to me to have seen Isla Fisher in this film, especially after seeing her in Hot Rod and Wedding Crashers, I didn't think she'd be able to pull off a serious role, but she did. Joseph-Gordon Levitt gives a stellar performance as Chris Pratt, the unwilling pawn in the bank heist. A solidly well paced and acted out thriller, The Lookout delivers.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, July 8, 2010

4 stars

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a guy named Chris Pratt, an allstar athlete at his high school who's life goes spiraling down after a horrific car accident that put him in a coma. When he awakens he is a changed person. He has memory problems so he has to use a notepad to right down everything he does or needs to do so he can remember them. He also takes medication to help him with his illness. To help him cope with life is his blind roommate Lewis (played by Jeff Daniels). Chris Pratt now works in a bank as the night janitor. After work he goes to a local bar where he meets Gary Spargo. Gary soon enough cons his way into Chris's life and there on talks Chris into helping him and his gang rob the bank Chris works at. Chris feeling like he has no power in his life thinks this will give him some of his life back. Although on the night of the robbery Chris has doubts and decides he wants no part in it, but Gary and his gang don't agree. That's when things start unraveling quickly. It was a great movie with great performances. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in my opinion is one of the best young male actor's today. He can play any part. Definitely not the normal bank robbing movie. Jeff Daniels was BRILLIANT as always. I thought Matthew Goode (who played Gary) was a great villain. It was half drama and half thriller. Just really good.

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, November 24, 2009