Unfortunately, because there are children are in this movie — and it is a bit zany — children may well gravitate to it. But this is a young adult/adult comedy due to its adult situations and language, despite the presence of children in the movie.
The movie is entertaining in an in-your-face and immature kind of way. However, because of the conversations that took place in front of children in the film, and the conversations and actions where children participated during the film I kept finding myself — as a parent and grandparent — thinking of my grandchildren somehow ending up watching the movie at someone's house which was not a pleasant thought. Personally, I can't imagine allowing a child to star in, much less watch, this movie.
Although Criminal Ways did have me laughing and feeling incredulous at some of the hysterical sequences, I wouldn't call it a great movie, or even a good movie. But I can say I watched it and enjoyed some of it.
The special features on the DVD include Spanish subtitles and closed captioning. It is presented in widescreen 16 x 9 video, and 2.0 stereo.
This movie was originally released in Australia 2003 as The Wannabes and apparently was rated M for mature audiences (for 15 and up in Australia). MaryAnn Johanson from the Flick Filosopher described the film as "a terrifying attempt at a children's movie... or a horrible attempt at satire. It's hard to tell which — either way, you should run in the other direction as fast as you can and never look back. Maybe it's a cultural thing, but this is one of the worst films I've ever seen."
Criminal Ways will be available on DVD on October 27, 2009 from Magnolia Home Entertainment.