The MPAA rated The Italian Job (2003) PG-13 for violence
and some language.
Despite what you might tell your children, crime does pay
for Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) and his gang of thieves.
Theyve just committed the perfect heist and made off
with over 30 million dollars worth of Italian gold bullion.
However, it comes with a cost. Their celebrations and spending
plans are cut short when one of them turns out to be a double
crosser. Holding his gun on the others, Steve Frezelli (Edward
Norton) escapes with the loot and leaves the groups
aging safecracker (Donald Sutherland) lying dead on the side
of the road.
While lining their pockets may have been the primary motivation
for stealing the bricks, Charlie, Handsome Rob (Jason Statham),
Left Ear (Mos Def) and Lyle (Seth Green) have revenge on their
minds when Steve is found living in sunny California. Operating
under an assumed name in an exclusive Hollywood mansion, the
two-timing traitor is slowly cashing in the booty and living
out the fantasies of his former cohorts in crime.
Ready to pull off the second perfect heist, Charlie and the
others go looking for a safecracker whos willing to
help them take back their booty. The daughter of their dead
colleague, Stella Bridger (Charlize Theron), works as a credible
safecracking specialist with the police and security companies.
Concerned about keeping her reputation, she initially refuses
their invitation to sign up for the job. But the opportunity
to avenge her fathers murder and take a share of the
bounty doesnt take long to grab her attention. Trading
in her morals for money, she joins up to play her part in
re-stealing the gold.
Unlike the early days of films, the good guys dont
always wear white and in this case the good guys arent
necessarily good. Driving their reinforced MINIs through the
transit tunnels and drainage system of LA, this film is well
paced and filled with enough action to keep most adult viewers
from checking their watches. Unfortunately, The Italian Job
glamorizes crime and the people who commit it. Evading parole,
hacking into computer systems, blowing up streets and carjacking
are just a few of the offenses these bandits engage in without
ever experiencing consequences.
Parents may also be concerned with the language content in
the script. Although relying mostly on mild profanities, it
does include a couple of crude hand gestures and the use of
a sexual expletive.
While these yellow bricks may pave the way to happiness for
these crooks, their path to success is one most parents would
prefer their kids never set foot on.