Four Brothers

Theatrical Release: August 12, 2005
Four Brothers


Four Brothers is an action drama set in Detroit. Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan) was a foster parent who adopted four highly aggressive and deeply troubled boys that no one else would take. Now grown, Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), Angel (Tyrese Gibson), Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin) and Jack (Garrett Hedlund) are reunited after their mother is gunned down in a grocery-store hold-up in their old neighborhood. Lt. Green (Terrence Dashon Howard), the investigating officer and an old school friend of Bobby’s, indicates that the shooting might not have been accidental. The Mercer brothers defy the police and begin their own search to find the killers, which takes them into the underworld culture of gangsters and police corruption that they fought so hard to escape as kids. They seek revenge for the death of the woman who brought them together, made them brothers and taught them the value of family.

Dove Review

This movie has it all! Unfortunately, the all in this case is almost all the unsavory part of the human condition. While there is love, loyalty, and a desire for justice, there is also greed, revenge, lust, corruption, anger, murder, fornication, hatred, betrayal and mistreatment of others. The end doesn’t justify the means, but “Four Brothers” paints the picture that it does. Instead of letting the police handle the investigation of their mother’s death, the brothers four take it upon themselves to even the score. This film is filled with foul language and graphic images and it is not a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: A lot of dialog about having sex using slang terms. Implied sex between unmarried couple.
Language: >170 OBSCENE, PROFANE OR CRUDE WORDS SPOKEN THROUGHOUT THE FILM: d-word - 8; s-word - 46; f-word - 42; a- word - 24; G_D_-7; slang term for women’s breasts - 2; slang term for oral sex - 2; h-word - 18; slang term for male penis - 4; b_st_rd - 3; female dog word - 8; slang term for woman’s vagina - 2; n-word-2; J_C_-2;
Violence: a lot of people getting killed. Mostly by gun shot wounds, some of them pretty graphic; Man falls from several stories up and breaks his leg (compound fracture is shown); Plastic bag placed over man's head in attempt to kill him; Man hit will pool cue; men fight with fists; man stabbed several times in the chest; car crashes; two men are killed execution style, one woman is killed execution style
Drugs: men drink at bar, at home and out in public.
Nudity: photograph of woman's naked bottom hangs on the wall; man shown sitting on the toilet; man shown in shower from the waist up; women shown in skimpy outfits.
Occult: None


Company: Paramount
Director: John Singleton
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 148 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Dave Lukens