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Set It Off

Set It Off
Set It Off
Set It Off
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 1996
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Deal with this: The only breaks you get are the ones you take. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise star as four African American women living in a Los Angeles housing project who--pushed to the edge--resort to violence to escape poverty in this searing, intimate and action-packed look at real life on America's mean streets. Now get out of the way as the ladies Set it Off.
© 1996 New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: It may not boast an original plot, but Set It Off is a satisfying, socially conscious heist film thanks largely to fine performances from its leads.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Friends rob banks in '90s adventure; violence, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Set It Off is a 1996 drama about four working-class inner-city friends who work full-time but can hardly pay their bills. One's brother is killed (on-screen) by the police. Another can't afford to keep her baby. Another is falsely accused of conspiring to rob a bank, so she figures she might as well actually go ahead and rob one. The hopelessness of black families living in projects is vividly depicted. Fatal shootings are shown. Violent car chases lead to more shootings. Couples have sex, including a same-sex pair, but no nudity is shown. Cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol are all consumed. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and the "N" word.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:November 6, 1996
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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