Live Free or Die

2007 R 1h 29m DVD

Live Free or Die

2007 R 1h 29m DVD
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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.
Zooey Deschanel, Carlo Alban, Kevin Dunn, Aaron Stanford, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Paul Schneider, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Peter Anthony Tambakis
Gregg Kavet, Andy Robin
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.77:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
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 OK for kids 16+
age 16+

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 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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