THE HARD WORD

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Release Date: June 13, 2003

Starring: Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths,
Robert Taylor, and Joel
Edgerton

Genre: Crime Drama/Comedy

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Jerry
Langford THE HARD WORD is
about three carefree brothers
who seem to spend more time in
prison than in the free world.
Their crooked lawyer works
with other corrupt policeman
and officials to occasionally
release them for arranged
heist jobs. Though successful
at crimes without violence,
they are often double-crossed
and sent back to prison. The
brothers are each unique and
believable as siblings. They
clearly love each other more
than their crime sprees. An
opportunity to steal $20
million dollars comes up, and
with it a chance to
double-cross their scheming
lawyer. Will they survive to
live out their dreams? Or will
they end up in prison once
again? THE HARD WORD is an
Australian crime drama/comedy
which attempts to offer a bit
more character study than your
typical heist movie. Still, it
is a long way from the very
sanitized OCEAN’S ELEVEN.
This story is overly long,
unnecessarily violent, and
filled with coarse language,
greed, and sex. There is so
little that is enjoyable about
THE HARD WORD, viewers are
inclined to walk out or dwell
on the technical deficiencies
of the harder seat in the
movie theater. THE HARD WORD
benefits from a talented cast
who try to offer some inkling
of passion or humanity to this
soul-less story. Do not be
fooled by the star power of
THE HARD WORD: this is a
depressing movie bereft of any
moral value. Early in the
story, while the three
brothers are waiting for a
chance to steal an armored
truck, a red traffic sign is
spotted in their view:
“Wrong Way – Go Back.”
Moviegoers at the screening
should have obeyed those hard
words at that time. Please
address your comments to: Tom
Ortenberg, President Lions
Gate Films 4553 Glencoe Ave.,
Suite 200 Marina del Rey, CA
90292 Phone: (310)
314-2000 Fax: (310)
396-6041 Website:
www.lionsgatefilms.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 minutes

Distributor: Lions Gate Films, Inc.

Director: Scott Roberts

Executive Producer:

Producer: Al Clark EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Hilary Davis and Gareth Jones

Writer: Scott Roberts

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Content:

(HHH, Ho, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Very strong humanist worldview of greed and stealing with little moral relevance or benefit; at least 137 obscenities (with over 100 f-words), four blasphemies, man vomits, flatulence, and homosexual references; graphic and bloody shooting scenes, man stabbed in mouth, man hit by car, man vomits, prison fighting, and cannibalism presented as humorous; much implied sexual activity, dialogue, homosexual references, and explicit sex scenes; upper male and female nudity, men and woman in underwear; alcohol use; smoking and drug use; and, gambling, much talk of marital infidelity while one spouse works to save his marriage, extortion.

GENRE: Crime Drama/Comedy

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Summary:

THE HARD WORD is about three carefree brothers who seem to spend more time in prison than in the free world, while their crooked lawyer works with other corrupt officials to occasionally release them for arranged heist jobs. This story is overly long, unnecessarily violent, and filled with coarse language, greed, and sex.

Review:

THE HARD WORD is about three carefree brothers who seem to spend more time in prison than in the free world. Their crooked lawyer works with other corrupt policeman and officials to occasionally release them for arranged heist jobs. Though successful at crimes without violence, they are often double-crossed and sent back to prison. The brothers are each unique and believable as siblings. They clearly love each other more than their crime sprees. An opportunity to steal $20 million dollars comes up, and with it a chance to double-cross their scheming lawyer. Will they survive to live out their dreams? Or will they end up in prison once again?

THE HARD WORD is an Australian crime drama/comedy which attempts to offer a bit more character study than your typical heist movie. Still, it is a long way from the very sanitized OCEAN’S ELEVEN. This story is overly long, unnecessarily violent, and filled with coarse language, greed, and sex. There is so little that is enjoyable about THE HARD WORD, viewers are inclined to walk out or dwell on the technical deficiencies of the harder seat in the movie theater.

THE HARD WORD benefits from a talented cast who try to offer some inkling of passion or humanity to this soul-less story. Do not be fooled by the star power of THE HARD WORD: this is a depressing movie bereft of any moral value.

Early in the story, while the three brothers are waiting for a chance to steal an armored truck, a red traffic sign is spotted in their view: “Wrong Way – Go Back.” Moviegoers at the screening should have obeyed those hard words at that time.

Please address your comments to:

Tom Ortenberg, President

Lions Gate Films

4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Phone: (310) 314-2000

Fax: (310) 396-6041

Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

SUMMARY: THE HARD WORD is about three carefree brothers who seem to spend more time in prison than in the free world, while their crooked lawyer works with other corrupt officials to occasionally release them for arranged heist jobs. This story is overly long, unnecessarily violent, and filled with coarse language, greed, and sex.

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