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White House Down

ages 14+ | 62% Say It's Worth Your Time

Capitol police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) as a member of the Secret Service. Not wanting to disappoint his young daughter with the bad news, Cale takes her on a tour of the White House. While he and his daughter are there, a heavily armed paramilitary group attacks and seizes control. As the nation's government dissolves in chaos, only Cale can save his daughter, the president and the country.


Runtime: 2 hr 11 min

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Rated PG-13 Intense Gunfire and Explosions|A Brief Sexual Image|Seq of Intense Action Violence|Some Language

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  • 5 of 10 Profanity

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  • jeremymacey (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    If you like the Die Hard recipe where everything that possibly can go wrong does go wrong and it's up to one man to save everyone, then this is your flick! If not, then don't waste your time. It is absurd thinking about whether things could ever happen the way they do in this film, because there is a serious lack of realism presented here. Though there are several plot holes and acting is average at best, there are some great one liners and plenty of action. It was certainly worth a $1 redbox rental to me. It won't play with heart strings or even deliver much meaning to your life, but it will entertain you if you like action flicks.

    Parent's note: there is a lot of violence! Several people get shot on screen, necks are broken, and many people are threatened at gun point. There is one very noticeable use of the 'F Bomb' as well. Safe in my opinion for 14+.

    November 7th, 2013 · Details
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  • jcubri (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was surprisingly entertaining. My guts kept telling me that this movie was not going to be that great, but in reality I really enjoyed watching it. It definitely is a little too long for an action movie, but overall I think it's a good movie to put on your friday night movie list.

    January 21st, 2014 · Details
  • Clearplay clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    his is an entertaining popcorn muncher that is a cross between Air Force One and Die Hard. The first thirty minutes or so sail by in fairly tame fashion, but after that the action ratchets up and doesn’t stop. Yes, you will need to put up with some cheese and corn and over the top illogical ridiculousness
    There are plenty of swear words to mute here, including around 25 S words, an F word, and about 25 religious exclamations. So, yes, ClearPlay comes in handy, but the critical dialogue is still easy to follow. There are a lot of bullets flying and some fist fights. Most of it is bloodless, but there are some skips here and there when it gets brutal... See Full Review

    November 10th, 2013 · Details
  • MichaelMedved (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    You'll feel like you've "Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go" anywhere else rather than in this cheesy absurdly implausible, painfully tedious two and half hour, over stuffed stinker... See Full Review

    August 6th, 2013 · Details
  • fur0n (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    White House Down was a movie of a semi-realistic reality. To make it more realistic the president would have had to die (you can't be fired at so much and still live).

    In the end everything worked out. The movie didn't have any slow points to bore you.

    July 12th, 2013 · Details
  • alexander.fetters.9 (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was OK. It has it's moments of funny, it's clean, but... I hate when the main character runs across a room, gets shot at 100 times, and someone doesn't get hit. It's pretty predictable what happens.

    Red Box worthy.

    July 9th, 2013 · Details
  • MovieReviewMaven (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The White House is under attack….again. If you saw “Olympus Has Fallen” a few months ago, then you’ve “been there, done that” minus the wonder that is Morgan Freeman. (My kids swear he’s in every movie they’ve ever seen.)

    Isn’t it weird when similar movies are released around the same time? Remember last summer’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Mirror, Mirror”? Granted, they were completely different movies, but I guess it’s a matter of studios spying on each other for movie themes and wanting to “one-up” each other. Like “Olympus Has Fallen”, “White House Down” has received mixed reviews.

    Including a funny reference to the blockbuster “Independence Day” this action thriller was directed by Roland Emmerich who also directed “Independence Day”, “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow.” He obviously loves disasters and making messes, although this is the first time that the chaos is confined to one specific location. Written by James Vanderbilt, who also wrote “The Amazing Spider-Man”, this Sony release doesn’t hit as hard or as funny as you might like, but is still enjoyable for those who love explosions and lots and lots of gun fire. Lots.

    Of course, if all you care about is watching sexy actor-turned-action hero, Channing Tatum, then you’re good to go. Tatum plays John Cale, an ex-soldier underdog who visits the White House in hopes of securing a job with the Secret Service. Jamie Foxx plays President Sawyer, an Obama-esque leader who drops the only F-bomb in the flick. Touting a left-wing agenda of anti-military, President Sawyer is ironically saved by the troops.

    I noticed that the summer popcorn movie scored fairly average on Rotten Tomatoes with many viewers citing the “cheese factor”, as well as comparisons to the one-man-against-all-the-bad guys style of all the “Die Hard” films. Tatum even wears the classic dirty “wife-beater” t-shirt styled by Bruce Willis in the franchise films. The “Die Hard” formula has been a hit with many movie-goers for years, and this one will be too. Unfortunately, it has some clichés that make it a bit tired, such as the disgruntled teen who calls her father by his first name until she sees what a true hero he really is, bad guys who have superior fire power, yet can’t seem to ever hit their target, and characters who walk away from a grenade that explodes only inches away from them.

    It’s still a lot of fun and reminds us that family is most important. Interestingly, both the evil mastermind and the hero fight for family in “White House Down.” Take a tub of buttery popcorn and your teenage boys.

    July 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • JohnMulderig (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Amid the mayhem, "White House Down" gets a little preachy, slipping in talk about peace in the Middle East, the impact of war on combatants, and the political power wielded by military contractors and arms manufacturers. But these issues, important as they are, take a back seat to unabashed patriotism and the portrayal of heroic sacrifice for neighbor, family, and country... See Full Review

    July 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • SteveSalles (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Now normally, when a film becomes unintentionally funny it gets no credit — and shouldn’t — but this is so seriously over-the-top that it’s oddly entertaining, like a collision between two clown cars... See Full Review

    June 28th, 2013 · Details
  • About.com kidstvmovies.about.com

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    In Olympus Has Fallen, you worry that what's happening on screen could - with minor adjustments - take place in real life. There's none of that fear with White House Down. It's just a big budget, goofy action film with a few fun action sequences but not much else to make it worth recommending... See Full Review

    June 27th, 2013 · Details
  • ParentPreviews ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Regardless of political leanings, White House Down is the kind of summer blockbuster where you park your brain when you purchase your popcorn. Why? Because the plot holes and flawed logic in this film are big enough to fly Air Force One through... See Full Review

    June 27th, 2013 · Details
  • NellMinow (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Yes, this is “Die Hard in the White House,” again, but Tatum has that rare Bruce Willis combination of self-deprecating charm and physical confidence to make this a popcorn pleasure... See Full Review

    June 27th, 2013 · Details
  • RogerMoore (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    From the earnest but earnestly funny president in jeopardy (Jamie Foxx) who doesn't like bad guys yanking on his sneakers (“Take your hands OFF my Jordans!”) to the eye-rolling image of a child having a “Les Miz” big-flag-on-the-barricades moment, “White House Down” is a corker, real competition for “Fast & Furious 6″ as the dumbest fun you’ll have at the movies this summer... See Full Review

    June 27th, 2013 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Who can resist a war hero willing to risk everything to protect his adorable daughter and his high-minded president in one movie? It's popcorn patriotism at its finest... See Full Review

    June 27th, 2013 · Details
  • Chelynne (Female)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Saw this movie as a prescreening last night, and I don't think this is worth a full-price movie ticket. Might be worth a dollar theater or a Redbox rental. The movie had plenty of action (lots of guns and missiles) and I was surprised at the comic relief throughout. A lot of people compared it to Olympus Has Fallen -- I've never seen that movie, but they said this one wasn't as good at that one, but it was funnier. Not a ton of swearing compared to a lot of action movies -- there is one f-bomb though. Overall, I would give it a C grade.

    June 14th, 2013 · Details

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