Comedy


Just Getting Started


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
91 mins
Stars:
Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo
Director:
Ron Shelton
Producer:
Bill Gerber, Steve Richards

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


several sexual comments and innuendos including a slang word for breasts; a comment about group sex and how a sex class takes place weekly; a few ladies present themselves to a man, obviously willing to be "with him."

Language


language throughout the film including the use of a few "gd" comments; several utterances of "m/g" and several uses of "sh*t" and "b.s." and "da*n", "s.o.b." and others such as "a*s" and the "f" bomb as well as "he*l"

Violence


some shooting scenes and a little blood is seen on a man's hand; an explosion in which two men are close to being killed; a woman plots the death of a certain man.

Drugs


a lot of drinking scenes and bar scenes including wine, champagne and alcohol; smoking in a scene; a comment about being drunk; one character is drunk.

Nudity


a few shirtless men are seen in a hot tub; a few women are seen in lingerie; cleavage and a woman's thigh is seen as she lies in bed.

Other


tension between characters.


Trailer



Synopsis

An ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) have to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.


Movie Message

Just Getting Started features veteran actors Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, who share a good on-screen chemistry to bring us some hilarious moments. Watching the two compete at golf and even ping pong results in some comedic incidents and dialog. They have an interest in the same woman, Suzie, played by Rene Russo, but Jones' character, Leo, seems more sincere than Duke (Freeman). In one scene, Duke appears as Santa Claus for an annual Christmas event when a new Santa shows up, claiming he is there to replace Duke, who loves playing Santa Claus and isn't about to let a newcomer claim his job. So the two Santas go at it, flailing at one another in a very funny scene. Leo comes to the rescue, helping Duke out and telling him he doesn't like anyone to pick on Santa.

The holiday spirit is alive in this movie, with Duke even singing "Silent Night" in one scene. Duke has been happy overseeing the Villa Capri while being in the Witness Protection Program, and although Leo, an ex-F.B.I. agent, and Duke seem unlikely to become friends, Leo admits at one point that he "likes" Duke a little bit. Their rivalry and competitive nature, as well as their emerging friendship, makes for an interesting and funny story. Johnny Mathis makes an appearance to sing in the movie, and the film incorporates a few profound comments such as "Only God is perfect." However, we can't award our Dove Seal to the movie, due to excessive language and sexual innuendos and comments, but it shines when it focuses on the fact that two men unlikely to form a friendship do exactly that.

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