Live Free or Die
Bad-boy wannabe John "Rugged" Rudgate (Aaron Stanford) fancies himself a criminal, yet his exploits amount to little more than counterfeiting rebate coupons. He soon teams with his dim friend (Paul Schneider) and his sister (Zooey Deschanel) to launch an ill-conceived heist in this droll indie comedy. Two small-town cops (Michael Rapaport and Kevin Dunn) and a goofy hardware store clerk (Judah Friedlander) complicate Rugged's already-doomed plan.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 1.77:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this indie crime comedy seems aimed at teenage boys (R rating and all). It focuses on a shiftless guy who can't even commit petty crimes successfully but still ends up with a notorious reputation and a large following in his small town. The language is extremely gratuitous given the comparatively tame subject matter. In the last 20 minutes there are two surprisingly violent (although not graphic) scenes. A few sexual comments are made, including an extended conversation about an extramarital affair and a character's illicit porn collection.
- Sexual Content
- Several references to a character's adulterous wife; a woman tells her date she expects a sexual favor; a shopkeeper is revealed to have a huge stash of homemade porn.
- All of the movie's violence is concentrated in its third act: a young criminal gets shot by the cops while fleeing the scene; a police officer is run over by a van as he's about to kill a suspect; a bullet-ridden, slightly bloody body is shown very briefly.
- Verges on Tarantino territory with more than 50 "f--k"s and dozens of "s--t"s, "c--k"s, and even "c--t."
- Social Behavior
- In search of an infamous reputation, a central character lies, cheats, and steals -- even though the rep is completely undeserved.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Various characters smoke cigarettes and drink at bars.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it