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xXx

Released

Latest Home Video

Dec 30, 2002

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Cast

Vin Diesel

Still shot from the movie: xXx.

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Overall D
ViolenceD-
SexD+
LanguageC-
Drugs/AlcoholD+
Run Time

Making the Grades

Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is not the kind of guy most parents want their daughters to bring home. The extreme athlete is tough, tattooed and carrying a tank-sized attitude on his brawny shoulders. He's also exactly what the National Security Agency wants to help infiltrate a renegade band of European anarchists.

So giving Cage the option of voluntary enlistment isn't on Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) agenda. Instead he assails his "recruit's" apartment with a military tactical team and he offers him the choice of cell time in a penitentiary to pay for his past misdeeds or a chance to serve his government overseas. Considering his restrictive alternatives, the newly employed mole is soon on a plane to Prague with an assignment to collect sensitive information about the group called Anarchy 99.

But conventional spy methods don't appeal to this adrenaline addict who shoves his way onto the turf of the insurgents' leader, Yorgi (Marton Csokas). Making demands of his own, Cage distances himself from his local Czech contact and takes aim to get in with the crime ring who specializes in prostitution, drugs and car theft. Portrayed as ever cool and in control, Agent Triple X keeps an interested eye on Yorgi's mistreated girlfriend, Yelana (Asia Argento) while uncovering a plot by the rebels to annihilate the world's population and bring down the existing governments.

Packed with outrageous testosterone-driven stunts, minimally clad call girls, and profanities, xXx places the future of the entire world in the hands of one brash bad boy-- hardly the kind of hero parents want emulated at home. Aimed to attract high-action thrill seekers, the film also gives license to physical brutality, drug use and the exploitation of women while barely slapping the hands of hardcore criminals.

However, Triple X isn't the only character to step outside the boundaries. Even Gibbons sanctions some highly unlikely methods of "testing" his candidates before choosing Cage as the government's first agent in a new wave of covert operators.

With loads of content issues in all the categories, xXx and the muscle bound hero, Xander Cage, get three strikes for family entertainment.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about xXx.

Yorgi’s plan is to establish freedom by doing away with all governments. What kind of freedom do you think he envisioned? Can a civilization exist without some type of governing body?

Women are considered to be mere chattel by the rebels. What does placing little importance on the different members of a society say about a culture? Was Yorgi’s treatment of his scientists also a refection of that calloused attitude?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence, Coarse Language
AB 14A
MB Not Rated Violence
ON Not Rated Violence
QC 13+
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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