Action


Proud Mary


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Action
Stars:
Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonagh, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery
Director:
Babak Najafi
Producer:
Tai Duncan, Paul Schiff

Content at a Glance

0

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
×
4
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
×
3
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
×
0

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


No Information

Language


"f***"/mother******"; "sh**"; "sob"; "a**"; "ti**"; "gd"; "jesus"; "omg"

Violence


many shoot-out scenes occur, as well as beatings and stabbings; some blood

Drugs


some drinking in the background from secondary characters; plot involves minor degree of drug-running.

Nudity


muted silhouette of a naked woman in the shower (cannot be very visibly seen); mild cleavage in some scenes

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary's life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry.


Movie Message

Proud Mary promises a lot, even from the first shots, but executes very little. The fusion of sounds and images with a bit of cold-blooded edge to the film's prologue suggest a solid throwback picture, reminiscent of blaxploitation cinema of the 1970s. Sadly, even in the first five minutes of the film, we are let off the hook, and the film becomes awfully predictable, heavy-handed, and forgettable.



Taraji P. Henson, so good in Hidden Figures, is reliable here as the titular Mary, a hitwoman working for the mob in Boston with fiery maternal instincts, but performance is put on the film's back burner. Wanting too desperately to rely on shoot-em-up extravaganza, one watches the film wondering when the characters onscreen will stop talking about what they will do and actually do it. The plot is slowed down, and the zesty personality of the film's subgenre is squandered.



Dove cannot approve of the film due to its violent content and heavy use of language.

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