Harsh Times

Theatrical Release: November 10, 2006
Harsh Times


The film stars Christian Bale (“Batman Begins”) as an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”) plays his best friend and Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) plays Rodriguez’s girlfriend. It marks the film directing debut of David Ayer, who is the creator of “Training Day” and the writer of “The Fast and the Furious.”

Dove Review

This film was basically about one continuous party between friends Jim and Mike. They get drunk, smoke reefer a few times, beat up some guys, and use the F word so many times I lost count. The only good thing I can think of concerning this film, and I am not sure it should be considered good, is that when Jim challenges the almighty with a curse, daring him to take his life, the almighty apparently takes him up on it by film’s end. Let’s see, what other non family-friendly stuff was in the film? Jim almost murders his girlfriend and best friend Mike, and he does murder some other characters in the movie. He fakes his urine test for a job with the Feds since the LAPD reject him as officer material, and he tries to sell a load of weed near film’s end which proves to be fatal. There is a graphic murder in the film, in which a character’s throat is slit. I know I am being a bit “harsh” about “Harsh Times,” but trust us, your family doesn’t want to see this one.

Content Description

Sex: Adultery between unmarried people, man gropes woman's breast, talk of prostitution.
Language: GD-2; JC-1; F-too many times to count; S-too many times to count; A-16; Pi*s-3: D-1; Bi*ches-6; H-3; Sexual slang about male and female genitalia
Violence: Several murders and a man's throat is slit in a bar and it is graphic. Jim and Mike get in a fight with other characters. Jim is injured at film's end and it is bloody, explosions. A character asks another to shoot him and he obliges.
Drugs: The sale and smoking of marijuana, continual consumption of alcohol and smoking tobacco, bar scenes.
Nudity: Some strong cleavage scenes.
Other: Jim says the F word to God and challenges Him, Mike lies to his girlfriend over and over about looking for work when he is really out getting drunk, the rebellion against the police and authority figures, racial slur against Mexicans, the word "faggots."


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: David Ayer
Director: David Ayer
Producer: Andrea Sperling
Genre: Action
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Tammy Trull
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter