Steven Grant, author of the graphic novels that inspired the film, states, "I don’t actually believe in good and evil. From my perspective, people walk a line, fall on this side or that, and wobble back and forth." As the story progresses, several U.S. government agencies and members of the military fall firmly on the wrong side of that line. To quote Paxton, "… at the end of the day the only two men in the movie who have true honor are Bobby and Stig." It’s not the most encouraging scenario for patriotic moviegoers. There’s also the usual amount of profanity and crude language, but it’s generally delivered in such a charming way that it hardly even seems rude.

That’s the thing with this kind of film; you have to take the bad with the good. Of course that means 2 Guns is not for everyone, but if you’re looking to get out of the heat and have a little fun it’s well worth the price of admission, even at today’s inflated prices.

CAUTIONS (may contain spoilers):

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Alcohol consumed on several occasions. Man swallows what appear to be painkillers after being shot.
  • Language/Profanity: Quite a bit but it goes by fast due to the snappy pace of the dialogue. Several f-bombs, sometimes used in conjunction with “mother”; the bi**; sh**; da**; a character described as “God’s S.O.B.” (he works for a government agency); various colloquial anatomical references to male genitalia. Judging from the audience’s reaction some of the Spanish dialogue that was not subtitled (some was) included profanity or at least insults.
  • Sex/Nudity: Couple (not married) shown in bed together; both are topless. The same woman displays considerable cleavage even with her clothes on. Character noted as having a mistress.
  • Violent/Frightening/Intense:  It’s an action movie, so there is a significant amount of shooting, punching, and “run for your life” kind of activity.Most notably, several times men had guns aimed at their crotch at point-blank range. Live chickens buried in the ground up to their necks used for target practice. A severed head is partially shown inside a bag. Waterboarding is discussed and shown. Men are hung upside down and beaten with a baseball bat; an angry bull is later sent into the area where they’re hanging. A man slams a card filled with thumbtacks into another man (pointy side down, of course). Many people shot; several die. Man plays ‘Russian roulette’ as a form of torture. A bank is robbed; buildings are set on fire and explode cars and other means of transportation (more detail would be a spoiler) crash.
  • Spiritual Themes: There is a lot of betrayal going on from several directions. Bobby and Stig discuss living by a code and what that means. 

Publication date: August 2, 2013