Source: Catholic News Service
Hard-hitting if overlong tale of two rookie cops in South Boston -- one (Matt Damon) an informant for the mob, the other (Leonardo DiCaprio) secretly assigned by senior officers (Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate the crime ring run by a notorious mob boss (over-the-top Jack Nicholson) -- with both young cops pushed to the mental breaking point in their double-dealing roles, and frantic to uncover the other's identity. Director Martin Scorsese has lost none of his flair for the genre, and DiCaprio and Damon are extremely good, but the setup seems far-fetched, and there's predictably a high quotient of violence, with the nonstop barrage of expletives excessive even for the underworld environment. Pervasive rough language, racial epithets, profanity, extremely crude expressions, heavy violence, grisly images, nongraphic sexual situations and encounters, irreverent remarks about the church. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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