The Hunting Party
Richard Gere stars as a struggling journalist who sets out with a fellow reporter and a cameraman to hunt down Bosnia's most notorious war criminal, known as "The Fox." But they become the quarry when their target mistakes them for CIA assassins.
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- Richard Shepard
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Richard Gere action dramedy takes place primarily in violent war zones (Somalia) and post-war zones (Bosnia) that are hotbeds of brutality. Both in the present and in flashbacks, scenes are filled with explosions, shooting, careening cars, and people being wounded and killed. One war criminal wields an axe with particular ferocity and threatens the heroes during a torture scene; a particularly horrific, bloody flashback shows a dead pregnant woman whose baby has been cut out of her. Expect lots of language (particularly "f--k"), some cleavage shots and bare breasts, and frequent smoking and drinking (with some minor drunkenness), with some discussion of drugs.
- Sexual Content
- Women's cleavage and naked breasts are occasionally visible; Simon shows his naked bottom (as a goodbye). Duck's professional success is indicated by his casual liaisons with women (kissing and more breasts visible). Frequent sexual slang ("balls," "p---y," "dick," "c--k"); discussion of sodomy.
- Film opens in a war zone, complete with shooting, explosions, gunfire, blood, injuries, and hectic camerawork; the following war scenes are more of the same. An especially horrific scene shows a pregnant woman dead, her fetus ripped from her belly (very bloody). Several discussions of rape and murder. One of the fabled killers has a special "killing axe," which he uses with gusto. In a torture scene, victims are hung from ceiling, knives and an axe are brandished, and there's a lot of hitting and yelling. Villains hunt fuzzy little foxes in the woods. In the final scene, it's suggested that the villain gets his "just desserts."
- Lots of tough-reporter talk, including lots of "f--k"s (at least 75), as well as "s--t," "ass" and "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "bastard," "jerkoff," and "c--ksucker." One use of "c--t." Some colorful phrasing ("he's bald as a turd").
- Social Behavior
- Journalists lie, cheat, and steal in order to get their stories (though they adopt a self-satisfying morality by the film's end). Peace monitors and police studiously avoid confrontations. War criminals get away with murder and rape.
- Dunkin' Donuts, Chuck Norris (one of his movies appears on a couple of background TVs).
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Frequent cigarette smoking, in bars and under fire in combat zones. Simon appears drunk on camera and consequently loses his job. Multiple scenes show journalists drinking (beer, brandy, other liquor) in bars, with interview subjects, and with collaborators. Benjamin appears drunk and stumbling. References to Quaaludes and opium.
- 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