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It is just another day dropping off packages for a New York City bike courier named Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) until someone with sinister motives takes an interest in one of the envelopes he has been asked to deliver. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 91
Theater Release: 24 Aug 2012
Video Release: 20 Dec 2012
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.

What is appealing about being a bike courier to these riders? Why are they willing to face the dangers of driving through busy streets? Why does Wilee feel like his job is safer than the careers of his friends who have just graduated from law school?

How might the portrayal of a “dirty” cop affect the way a person views all policemen? Is it important to be able trust people in positions of authority? What impact could a bad officer have on the others in his unit?

How are bike couriers often viewed in real cities? What dangers do they pose to pedestrians and drivers? What dangers do they face while on the streets? What does the film do to justify the actions of these riders?

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