What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shaft is the sequel to Shaft (2000) and the fifth movie in a series that began with Shaft (1971). This installment resorts to dumb comedy and has lots of sloppy, glamorized violence with no consequences. Plus, its message is all about defining "being a man" as acting tough and objectifying women. Gender-fluid men and any man who's not a fully red-blooded heterosexual are ridiculed. Expect to see tons of guns and shooting, blood spurts, fighting, and more. There's also frequent, graphic sexual innuendo, sex talk, and other adult material. One woman is shown partially topless, and others are viewed as sex objects. Language is constant, with countless uses of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," the "N" word, "t-ts," and more. The villains are drug dealers, and drugs are part of the plot; drug use and paraphernalia are shown. A main character gets drunk, throws up, and passes out; other drinking is shown. Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, and Jessie T. Usher co-star.

What's the story?

In SHAFT, a flashback to 1989 reveals that John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) once had a wife, Maya (Regina Hall), and an infant son. In order to keep them safe from a dangerous drug lord, he needed to remove himself from their lives. Years later, that son, J.J. (Jessie T. Usher), has grown up to become an FBI data analyst. When J.J.'s best friend turns up dead, J.J. suspects foul play and contacts his father for help. The trail leads right back to that same drug lord, Gordito (Isaach De BankolĂ©) -- but just when J.J. finds proof, the bad guys kidnap Sasha (Alexandra Shipp), the woman he loves. Before Shaft and son head into the final showdown, they decide to enlist a little help from the original (Richard Roundtree). Can three generations of Shafts finally put an end to the trouble?

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