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Still shot from the movie: Takers.


The Takers are a sleek group of bank robbers played by Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, Tip "T.I" Harris, and Hayden Christensen. As they make plans for their biggest heist yet, a determined police detective (Matt Dillon) also prepares to take them down. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 27 Aug 2010
Video Release: 18 Jan 2011
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.

How do films like this one glamorize crime? What consequences do these criminals suffer? Does the fear of consequences outweigh any of the allurement? How does a sense of entitlement influence these characters?

Why are money heists often portrayed as “victimless” felonies? What impact would this spree have on the bank’s customers?

How do the filmmakers build empathy for the thieves? For what character do they not build sympathy? Why do you think they fail to do this?

One police detective tells another, who has sacrificed time with his daughter in order to solve an important case, to "take care of the real stuff", referring to his family. Should the character who receives this advice be condemned considering the situation? How do parents balance work and home time? Does one ever suffer at the expense of the other? Is it necessary at times to focus on one over the other?

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