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Not realizing that they have both been sent undercover by their respective government agencies to bust the same Mexican drug lord (Edward James Olmos), a DEA operative (Denzel Washington) and a naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) mistake each other for real criminals. Viewers' reactions to director Baltasar Kormakur's adaptation of a series of graphic novels by Steven Grant will largely depend on their taste for the farfetched, corruption-driven complications that follow in the wake of this misunderstanding, most involving yet more federal employees (among them Paula Patton, Bill Paxton and James Marsden). Though clever at times, Kormakur's buddy movie - a blend of action and comedy - is also frequently coarse and occasionally brutal. So the audience for which it can be considered appropriate is small.

Watch out for: Much violence, some of it harsh and gory, a nonmarital bedroom scene with upper female nudity, a few uses of profanity, constant rough and crude language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013