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The Guard

The Guard
The Guard
The Guard
  • R
  • 1h 36m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh94%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn’t much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle’s small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case. Left to run his territory to his liking for many years, he is not at all impressed when the FBI comes to town.
© 2011 Boyle Film Productions Limited 2011 and UK Film Council. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an eminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Irish buddy cop comedy has language, violence, drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Guard is an Irish award winning crime comedy with strong language, violence, and drugs. Set in a small Irish town, police Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) drinks and takes drugs while on duty. Yet despite not following protocol, he still gets results and is willing to put his life on the line to arrest a criminal gang of cocaine smugglers. He is forced to work alongside Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), a Black FBI agent who calls out the racism he encounters, including that from Boyle. The racism is used to highlight the ignorance of those responsible, while subverting various stereotypes and bigoted ideas. Despite their differences -- Everett is from a privileged background and attended Yale University, while Boyle is from a small town in Ireland -- the pair develop a mutual respect and work together. The movie features frequent strong language, including two uses of "c--t." The movie also features violence, with murders and shootouts, sometimes with bloody injuries. In terms of sexual content, there is some innuendo, as well as mention of bondage, sexually transmitted infections, and bestiality. Boyle visits two sex workers who are shown in lingerie.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Comedy
  • Release Date:July 8, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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