Box art for xXx: State of the Union

xXx: State of the Union

action & adventure


Take the action and adventure of the first xXx -- triple it -- and you've got the sequel starring ICE CUBE, SCOTT SPEEDMAN and WILLEM DAFOE.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    16%
  • Audience Score
    33%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Loud, raucous, and predictable action flick.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes intense action sequences, some strong language ("bitch" is a favorite for the men), and sexual innuendo (the women show cleavage repeatedly). The first scene is full of troops in black SWAT-style uniforms shooting automatic weapons and being blown up. Characters drink and smoke (and Darius is fond of French fries). Violence takes the form of explosions (so bodies fly in front of bursting flames), missiles fired, shoot-outs, vehicle chases, and hand-to-hand fighting. Many anonymous bodies fall.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the threat against the U.S. government (both scary and familiar in action movies), and the ways characters justify violence (to defend the nation, spread freedom). Families might also discuss Darius' very vocal opposition to racism and his moral decisions, how he chooses a right side (and the right girlfriend) when all choices involve violence. Why does he reject the abstract idea of authority but decide to serve the President? How is his friendship with Gibbons (a father figure) important in these decisions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: In light of the cinematic abomination that is "XXX: State Of The Union," Vin Diesel made the right choice by refusing to do another "xXx" movie unless Rob Cohen continued to direct the franchise.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Youngsters and action junkies won't mind the film's ridiculous gadgets, secret tunnels and hairsbreadth escapes, but everyone else will have to check credibility at the door.

- Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Friday, May 26, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Ice Cube is recruited as the next XXX. He has to save the president from assassination. Good action but very cheesy dialogue.

- thmtsang, Thursday, January 8, 2009

2 stars

Not a bad film really, just run of the mill action flick that wouldn't look outta place from the 80's. A nice opening sequence that looks pretty smart and hi-tech, usual stuff packs the middle and it finishes on a VERY poor cgi looking finale. A black man's 'James Bond' basically, but 'XXX/Bond' is a little chubby and porky in this sequel hehe not sure casting was correct with Ice Cube or whatever he calls himself.

- phubbs1, Sunday, May 6, 2012

2 stars

I enjoyed it in a dumb ass way, an over the top plot with some great action and bad acting.

- allan913, Saturday, January 19, 2008