Where Gangster Squad really excels, however, is keeping you interested in seeing how it’ll all play out. With witty dialogue, strong attention to period detail and rapid-fire pacing that keeps you guessing, it’s an old-fashioned shoot 'em up that’s fun to watch—that is, if blood and a high body count doesn’t make you squeamish.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and frequent cigarette smoking.
  • Language/Profanity: Expletives, particularly the “f” word and sh--, are used throughout, plus there are a handful of instances where God and Jesus’s names are taken in vain or paired with da--.
  • Sex/Nudity: No onscreen sex or nudity. It’s implied that Jerry and Grace sleep together (we just see them kissing and waking up next to each other ). When picking Grace up, Jerry admits he just wants to take her to bed. In a gentleman’s club, there’s some suggestive dancing and skimpy attire, although far less scandalous since the story takes place in an earlier time period. A couple of rude references to a woman’s genitalia.
  • Violence: There’s a high body count thanks to gunfire (the most frequently used method), strangulation, stabbing and drowning of guilty parties—and some innocent victims, too, including a pre-teen boy. One person is chained to two cars and eventually ran over. There’s also an attempted rape and a pregnant woman is shot at several times.

Publication date: January 11, 2013

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the MeddlersBased in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.