Street Kings

Theatrical Release: April 11, 2008
Street Kings


In STREET KINGS, a police thriller directed by David Ayer, Keanu Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective. Ludlow sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews). Academy® Award winner Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlow’s supervisor, whose duties include keeping him within the confines of the law and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie). Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective (Chris Evans) to track Washington’s killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two Detectives track down Washington’s murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice.

Dove Review

This is a story about dirty cops. The only question is: who is dirty and who isn’t because appearances can be deceiving. The one good cop, Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), is not above taking the law into his hands if it means getting rid of the dirt and grime of the streets. This movie is based in stark reality, including violent shooting and splattered blood, as well as some very coarse language.

The talent in the film is undeniable as Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie join Reeves in this gritty and violent picture. When Ludlow’s former partner, Terrance Washington, is gunned down in a store robbery, Ludlow begins his quest in sorting out if Washington was dirty or not, and if the murder was random or planned. This leads to some interesting developments and a few surprises by film’s end. It becomes obvious that one of two top police officers is behind a cover-up, but which one? It’s too bad the constant use of strong language and violence place the movie over the mark of Dove’s acceptability for family-friendly films. Therefore, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing; a few sexual innuendos.
Language: Too much foul language to keep track of; constant use of profanity including biblical profanity and slang for male and female genitalia; some racial remarks such as "nig*er".
Violence: Several graphic shootings; blood is on screen in several scenes; man gurgles in blood as he dies; two corpses are seen and the heads have been shot and are half rotted away; blood splattered on the wall.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking and talk of drug deals.
Nudity: Strong cleavage in a couple of scenes.
Other: Two young women had been mistreated by chicken hawks; a few police officers are dirty; a few people complain to office about abuse by other policemen.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: James Ellroy and Kurt Wimmer
Director: David Ayer
Producer: Lucas Foster
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 119 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter