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HARSH TIMES

 
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At Theaters: 11/10/2006 On Video: 3/13/2007
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 479952
Studio: MGM Pictures
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Former Army Ranger Jim Davis hasn't been able to get his life back on track since he came home from the Gulf War. He burned through his savings waiting for an offer from the L.A.P.D. In the meantime, he's just killing time with his friend Mike, who's also unemployed. They end up cruising the streets of South Central looking for trouble instead of a job.
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Action Crime Drama - This is a very dark, very violent, profanity-filled drama. This is not the action film that the ads somewhat suggest but a fairly slow moving dramatic piece. This is Christian Bale's show all the way, and Eva Longoria fans may be disappointed by her fairly small role.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Christian Bale THE PRESTIGE, THE NEW WORLD, BATMAN BEGINS
Freddy Rodriguez LADY IN THE WATER, DREAMER
Eva Longoria THE SENTINEL
Dir/Prod/Wri: David Ayer Directorial Debut
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, well over 30 S-words, 3 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Clothed fondling.
VIOLENCE: Very bloody shootings, stabbings, and beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Very frequent alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.
ACTION: Gunplay, fighting, brief war combat.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good ...there are enough good points to make Harsh Times worth consideration.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good This is a powerful film that combines a number of 'what if' situations with some true tragic moments and even a number of oddly funny situations.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 20 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
3
Fairly Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
Low
44%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
Very Low
33%
30+Adults (M)
2
Very Low
0%
30+Adults (F)
3
Low
33%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 20 moviegoers:Sorry, this wasn't a well attended film so we weren't able to collect very many opinions.
There really aren't enough opinions to be very accurate, but the few opinions collected clearly show that a very large percentage did not enjoy this movie with many actually hating it. Some teens enjoyed it, as well as a few of the twentysomethings. Also most critic's enjoyed it. However, way to many disliked it so IT'S NOT A MOVIE I CAN RECOMMEND. Some of you, that have similar tastes as critics, will enjoy "Harsh Times," but overall your probability of enjoying it is very low.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Since coming back from the Gulf War, Jim Davis (Christian Bale) hasn't been able to get his life back on track. He still feels the residue of that far off desert on his skin, still screams in his sleep from visions he just can't shake. He has burned through his savings waiting for an offer from the L.A.P.D. that hasn't come. He tells himself that if he only had a job, everything would turn around - he could marry his devoted Mexican girlfriend, Marta (Tammy Trull), bring her back to the States and settle down.

But until something else materializes for Jim - some other way to help his country and not die of boredom at some desk - he'll just chill with his best friend, Mike (Freddy Rodriguez), also unemployed. And Mike's longtime girlfriend, Sylvia (Eva Longoria), whom Mike helped put through law school, wants an equal, not a dependent, so he too finds himself on the job hunt. Jim offers to help Mike find a job, but instead they end up cutting a swath of chaos through the mean streets of South Central, looking for trouble - just like when they were kids. In a misguided quest to get their lives together they joyride, get high, plan for their glorious future and start trouble wherever they land.

After the L.A.P.D. job evaporates and Jim gets a call from the much more complicated foreign office of Homeland Security, Jim and Mike's misadventures take on a darker edge, one haunted by violence and the echoes of combat Jim can't seem to shake. They no longer need to look for trouble - it's everywhere around them.

As the city that was once their playground now seems to press in on them, each choice Jim and Mike make will not only test their loyalty to each other, but their ability to survive the mean streets they hope to leave behind.

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