Runner Runner

2013 R 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD

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Runner Runner

2013 R 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD
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After losing a lot of money to online poker, a Princeton student confronts the site's shady CEO, Ivan Block -- and soon becomes Block's protégé. But when an FBI agent tries to take Block down, the relationship between mentor and protégé goes south.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 2.40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
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 OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Runner Runner is a thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck that takes place in the world of online gambling. There are some violent images, such as characters being chased, abducted, and beaten up, as well as a character being fed to crocodiles (not much blood is shown). Women are scantily clad throughout and treated as sex objects; viewers briefly see a fairly graphic sex tape on a TV screen, and the main character and the female lead kiss passionately in one shot (the implication is that it's foreplay). Language is very strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t" and "p---y." Consumerism is celebrated, with lots of money spent; characters are often seen drinking beer (or harder drinks) at parties or other celebrations, with no consequences. Timberlake might attract some teen fans to this movie, but word of mouth might just as quickly turn them off.

Sexual Content

Viewers briefly see a black-and-white sex tape on a TV screen, which shows a minor male character and two women in bed. Sex is fairly visible. Otherwise, all of the women in the movie are scantily clad and treated as sex objects. (One male character slaps a woman's bottom and describes her as "first class, not coach.") The main male and female characters are shown passionately kissing up against a wall; it's clearly foreplay, but no sex scene follows. The other male lead kisses her on the neck in one scene.


The main character gets beaten up by a group of thugs, and a little trickle of blood is shown on his face. He's also abducted and tossed in a truck with a bag pulled over his head. In another scene, he's chased by a car and briefly assaulted. Two minor characters are fed to crocodiles, but only one is eaten (the other is fished out in time).


Many uses of "f--k." Other words include "s--t," "p---y," "hell," "ass," "a--hole," "blow job," "prick," "bastard," and "oh God" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

This is a Faustian story in which a supposedly "good" character makes a deal with "the devil" ... except here he doesn't even hesitate, and he ends up rich at the end, despite all the things he's done wrong. Consumerism is also celebrated, drinking occurs without consequences, and women are treated as sex objects.


The character drinks a Bud Light in one scene; the XOJet logo is shown prominently. The movie is mainly about making -- and spending -- tons of money.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult characters are often shown drinking beers at parties or out celebrating, but no one ever appears drunk or has a drinking problem (or consequences of any kind, really). Characters occasionally drink stronger things like scotch or vodka. Drugs are planted in a character's belongings as part of a set-up. Characters are seen smoking cigars.

  • 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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