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12 Rounds

An arrest and an accidental death caused by a car crash are all in the line of duty for Detective Danny Fisher (John Cena), until an escaped convict (Aidan Gillen) decides to hold him personally accountable. Kidnapping Fisher's girlfriend (Ashley Scott), the vengeful criminal arranges 12 Rounds of dangerous tests that must be successfully completed if the police officer ever hopes to see his fiancée alive again. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 108
Theater Release: 27 Mar 2009
Video Release: 30 Jun 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do you think victims should be informed when convicts are released from prison? Why might people be reluctant to testify in a criminal case? What danger might the testifiers face?

How are interracial partnerships portrayed in this film? What is the difference between Danny and Hank’s relationship and the one shared by the FBI agents?

How does the film justify all the death and destruction that occurs during Danny’s effort to rescue Molly? What threats are posed to the family and friends of first responders?

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