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The French Connection Shock Rating

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Shock Rating


Racism, violence, drugs, guns, violent racist son-of-a-guns.

In a post-Ferguson world, it can be difficult to watch a conflicted protagonist like Popeye rough up almost everyone he comes into contact with. He's suspicious, and what's more, he's often wrong (as Captain Simonson likes to remind him.)

He isn't shy of racial epithets, either. Meanwhile, there's the drugs, the bullets coming from every direction, and a pretty nasty train crash. So go into this movie with your eyes open, and remember that all protagonists don't have to be likable to get a story across.

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