Illegal Tender

2007 R 1h 48m DVD

Illegal Tender

2007 R 1h 48m DVD
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Wilson De Leon Jr. is an exceptional college student, an adoring boyfriend and a good son. He earns the latter moniker in spades when ghosts from his mother's past turn up, forcing Wilson into a showdown with the thug who robbed him of a father.
Rick Gonzalez, Wanda De Jesus, Dania Ramirez, Tego Calderón, Delilah Cotto, Manny Pérez, Gary Perez, Jessica Pimentel, Zulay Henao, Michael Philip Del Rio, Rick Sepulveda, D.C. Benny, Julie Carmen
Franc. Reyes
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this crime action-thriller about gangsters and drug dealers isn't for kids. It's wildly violent, with frequent bloody shootouts and fights, and it features sexual activity and language and plenty of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," and much more). Since it focuses on a dead dealer's surviving family members as they contend with the many vengeful plots launched by his enemies, the film is structured as a series of violent clashes with dialogue in between -- sort of like a musical, only with noisy gunfire and spurting blood instead of song-and-dance numbers.

Sexual Content

Women wear lots of tight shirts, short skirts, skimpy underwear, and bikini tops that show cleavage (shots include close-ups and low-angle views from the rear). An early scene (repeated as a flashback) shows a couple having sex, viewed through a gauzy curtain: The naked woman's profiled breasts are visible. Will complains that his mother is seeing too many different men. Will and Ana kiss passionately on several occasions; in one scene, she "dances" provocatively in his car.


The film opens with gangsters beating up an old man and continues to get more aggressive in its depictions of injury and death. Violence includes shooting, punching, slapping, kicking, stabbing, and more shooting. The shootouts are loud and feature some slow-motion images that emphasize just how many bullets are fired (lots of missed targets and shot-up walls and windows). Millie keeps an arsenal in her basement; when the bad guys arrive, she has all kinds of fight-back firepower ready. In a flashback scene, a woman commits suicide by taking pills. A climactic murder leaves blood on an important painting (the shot is repeated for emphasis).


Lots, lots, lots: Many uses of "f--k," plus other profanity: "s--t," a couple of "hells," "damns," and "asses," and "c--k" and "c--ksucker."

Social Behavior

Most of the gangsters and drug dealers are obviously villains, but Will also learns that his mother loved his gangster father; her capacity for violence is based on her desire to protect her two sons. Javier's gang is all bad -- their motives are selfish and their methods ruthless.


Mentions of various product and corporate names, including Microsoft, Calvin Klein, Marlboro Lights, iPod, and Coca-Cola. A grocery shopping scene shows aisles of products, some prominently displayed (including Special K, Fruit Loops, Doritos).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Viewers are told repeatedly that Wilson Sr. is a drug dealer (he's not actually shown dealing or doing drugs). Millie's mother has a drink at home; grown-up Millie drinks wine with her boyfriend; bar scenes show background characters drinking and smoking; Will drinks champagne with Choco; a character overdoses on pills to commit suicide in a flashback. Characters smoke cigarettes and handle boxes of cigarettes during conversations (Will does encourage his mother to quit smoking, at least in the kitchen).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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