Pawn Shop Chronicles

2013 R 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD

Pawn Shop Chronicles

2013 R 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD
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The stories of a man searching for his abducted wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads and a sad sack Elvis impersonator find a common link through items in a small Southern town's local pawn shop ... and a wild goose chase ensues.
Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D'Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Norman Reedus, Pell James, Chi McBride
Wayne Kramer
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: 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. 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 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Pawn Shop Chronicles is a shockingly violent comedy in three segments, each centered around a small town-Louisiana pawn shop and each crossing over with the others at some point. Violence is very strong, including female sex slaves being held captive in cages, naked and covered in filth. There's also shooting, stabbing, fighting, death, and blood. A man is shown getting sexual pleasure (and masturbating) to his army of naked women, and they're shown with full-frontal nudity in several shots. Language is also extremely strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and most other four-letter words. And drugs are also an issue: The first segment concentrates on meth addicts trying to steal more drugs from their dealer; they're shown under the influence, but not actually taking drugs.

Sexual Content

The sexual slavery segment features more than a dozen naked women. Breasts and buttocks are shown in close-up, and other parts of the body are shown in long-shot. In a video shown on a big screen TV, three women have sex with a man, while the man watches and masturbates (off camera, making jerking motions with his shoulders). Some innuendo.


In the movie's second segment, a character's sexual slavery ring is uncovered. He keeps more than a dozen naked women in cages, covered in filth. The man who discovers this tortures him with fishhooks in his face and a hammer to the teeth. Other parts of the movie include scenes in which a character is run over by a truck, leaving him bloodied and gurgling blood from his throat. Characters also fire guns at each other during a hold-up. There's a lethal stabbing, an arrow through the chest, and a huge explosion. Characters fight with one another, using baseball bats, bricks, frying pans, fists, and feet. This is all played for laughs.


Language is very strong and nearly constant, especially in the first segment. Words include "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "p---y," "c---sucker," the "N" word, "dumbass," "damn," "nuts," "pissed," "hell," "bastard," "retard," "balls," "Jesus Christ," and "God" (as exclamations).

Social Behavior

Characters usually come to a bad end after behaving badly. But the worst offender -- a pervert with his own sexual slavery ring -- gets away in the end. There's a discussion about a white supremacist group, and there's a general air of all things devilish and hellish.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the segments is about two meth addicts who are so broke and strung out that they attempt to rob their dealer to get more. A man is shown snorting something, and both characters are shown to be under the influence (viewers see close-ups of their pupils dilating). Drugs are also referenced in dialogue, and the meth lab is shown.

  • 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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