However, that spirit was never designed to uplift, offer joy, or suggest anything spiritually fruitful. The accuracy in how the film adapts its source material makes Parker admirable in its own way. It’s a film that fans of Westlake’s character won’t find off-putting or embarrassing. But it’s very violent and, at times, quite ugly. Sure, that’s the point, just not a recommendation.

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; many uses of the “f”-word; various obscenities; double entendre
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Wine and beer drinking; prescription pills taken; Leslie says she drinks too much
  • Nudity: A woman’s breasts shown while changing clothes; a man and woman in a shower are seen from the shoulders up, kissing; in a painting, a woman’s breasts are exposed; Parker’s girlfriend is seen in her panties, breasts visible; Parker makes Leslie strip to her underwear to make sure she’s not wearing a wire; Parker and Leslie kiss, even though Parker is involved with someone else; Leslie stares at Parker’s rear end
  • Violence/Crime: Criminals point guns, rob, fight, draw blood, shoot each other (sometimes at point blank range), stab each other; a man jumps from a speeding car; a choke hold puts a man to sleep; car theft; Mob activities; a character says there’s nothing wrong with stealing, and another says that everyone steals; pools of blood, a man stabbed in the hand; a man falls to his death from a balcony
  • Religion: Parker disguises himself as a priest during a robbery; a hospital patient says, “Praise the Lord”; speculation that Parker may have been an angel

Questions? Comments? Contact the writer at crosswalkchristian@hotmail.com.

Publication date: January 26, 2013