Term Life (2016)




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Everyone wants Nick (Vince Vaughn) dead. A desperate man, Nick takes out a life insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). But the policy doesn't take effect for 21 days and he might not live that long.
R (for violence, and language including a sexual reference)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Vince Vaughn
as Nick Barrow
Mike Epps
as Darryl Mosley
Bill Paxton
as Detective Keenan
Jon Favreau
as Jimmy Lincoln
Shea Whigham
as Matty Miller
Brent Briscoe
as Murphy
Jordi Molla
as Victor Fuentes
Shane Callahan
as Police Officer
Taraji P. Henson
as Samantha Thurman
Aerli Austen
as Mother at Carnival
Rio Hackford
as Deputy Dean
Vernon Vaughn
as Tailored Suit Man
Brian F. Durkin
as John Stasio
Hailee Steinfeld
as Cate Barrow
William Levy
as Alejandro
Kate Forbes
as Karen Miller
Terri Abney
as Sasha
Derek Roberts
as Marcus
Cranston Johnson
as Uniform Cop #1
Ian Gregg
as Jeremy
Hayes Mercure
as Armored Car Driver
Jean P. Hernandez
as Police Officer #2
Jennifer Shu
as Attractive Asian Woman
Trevor Garner
as Tattoo Kid
Kaylie Turner
as Daughter at Carnival
Shea Vaughn
as Neighbor
Danna Maret
as Becca
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Critic Reviews for Term Life

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

This is the kind of material that can't be elevated without help from behind the camera. Instead, the actors are left to gesture aimlessly through a stupefacient fog of clichés and insipid direction.

Full Review… | May 4, 2016
AV Club
Top Critic

"Term Life" is cleanly plotted and tautly paced, but it's never as fun as it should be.

Full Review… | April 30, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An asinine movie that has the premise for a thriller, the tone of a half-hearted neo-noir, and the plot of a daddy-daughter dramedy.

Full Review… | April 29, 2016
Top Critic

It's a wannabe noir with no atmosphere, and a waste of a talented cast by a director who really has no idea what to do with them.

Full Review… | April 29, 2016
Top Critic

... a clichéd noir wannabe script that manages only some meager laughs amid the generic shootouts and chase sequences.

Full Review… | August 5, 2016

This labored, failed thriller feels like a collection of odd puzzle pieces that don't fit but have been nonetheless forced together. Even the great cast members seem squeezed into the wrong roles.

Full Review… | July 1, 2016
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Term Life

Wasn't really much of anything. In terms of story: Some of the actions of the characters didn't make any sense, the stakes weren't high enough to arouse any emotion, and the daughter was given a guitar but I never got to hear her play it (which I was looking forward to, especially since Hailee is a great musician). A lot of the stuff Vince Vaughn's character says in narration either has no significance and just annoys the viewer, or is narration. If a movie is any good, it doesn't need narration to deliver plot. Nobody care's if Nick is having a shit day, his daughter has just been kidnapped, no shit Sherlock. And why was he telling us about Cate's mum's trouble. Don't force me to care about a character that has no impact on the story you're telling. I don't care, and I won't care. The script was kind of shitty too. Just one example of that is when Vince's character is shouting at Jon Favreau's character and says "I WANNA SEE HIM NOW. AND I WANNA SEE HIM TODAY!" As though those are two different demands that mean completely different things. I give it the two stars for the two things it did well: - It wasn't completely predictable like all the other hot trash they call good these days. - The casting was decent, especially with my girl Hailee Steinfeld and Vince Vaughn. There were also a lot of scenes and time wasted on shots that didn't need to be there. If they'd used the time more wisely, they could've told the story better, with better scripting and a little more creative breathing space. That's my rating and criticism. Cheers, Benjamin Bailey.

Benjamin Bailey
Benjamin Bailey

This is a weird movie. It might have been a good movie that turned to crap or it might have been crap that could have become something, but whatever happened....it sucks.

Troy Kleasner
Troy Kleasner

VIEWS ON FILM review by Jesse Burleson A father/daughter, Hollywood ending preceded by killings, shootings, chases, and slight torture oh my! Could it be Vince Vaughn starring in another farce? Heck no. He's trying to revive his career with the help of Ralphie from A Christmas Story! Anyway, despite the fugly manner in which Vaughn runs from the bad guys or the sort of drab narration he spouts out, his Term Life is still a movie that I'm going to recommend. It's a crime drama so my initial thought was why were he and director Peter Billingsley attached to it in the first place. Granted, Mr. Sunshine has been churning out bad comedies so I guess he wanted to get serious this time. He plays thief Nick Barrow and to a degree, he kinda pulls the character off. Billingsley, well he has only helmed one other film being 2009's dreadful, Couples Retreat. With "Term", he thankfully comes off as more experienced. He's aggressive behind the camera, capturing every little criminalistic detail and staging a gunfight or two with ample precision. His Term Life plays like a B movie but it's better than most. It tries really hard to make you think there's something greater beneath the surface. Now in spite of featuring irrelevant cameos by notable actors (did Taraji P. Henson, Annabeth Gish, Jon Favreau, and Mike Epps owe Peter B. a favor?), "Term" still insures that you'll be focused on its breakneck storyline. In the film, Hailee Steinfeld reprises her role as the resentful daughter from 2014's 3 Days to Kill. Don't worry though. Her performance and Term Life itself, are much better than "Kill's" hindered discombobulation. With 1973 giving us Paper moon, 2012 giving us Erased, and now 2016 giving us the harmless yet relatively entertaining Term Life, the father/daughter movie brigade is continuing if not prevailing. The title of "Term" (which I thought meant a lengthy prison sentence) has to do with Vince Vaughn's Barrow taking out a life insurance policy for his daughter (Steinfeld as Cate Barrow). You see Nick Barrow is being hunted down by hit men, corrupt cops, and the mob. Why you ask? Because as a thief, he sold his heist to the wrong people and the job went sour. Cate is also in trouble. They can get to her just as fast as they can get to him. Together, father and little one hide out incognito to try and figure out why their well being is in danger. They also try to figure out who later on, set them up (for murder). Watch for the antagonistic Bill Paxton playing a dirty detective named Keenan. He channels the role in virtually the same vein as when he played the despicable Earl in 2 Guns. Also, look out for an extensive use of Georgia locales plus Vince Vaughn's almost unrecognizable hairstyle. Paul McCartney called and says he wants his mop top back (ha ha). In conclusion, with an adjusted gross of about $21,256, it's safe to say that "Term" won't be the comeback vehicle Vince Vaughn was hoping for. I as a critic, also feel like this isn't a turning point in his career. I do however, give him credit for trying to recreate the dramatic roles he inhabited some twenty odd years ago (examples would be Domestic Disturbance, Return to Paradise, and A Cool, Dry Place). Bottom line: At 90-100 minutes, I've seen much worse from Vaughn and various, clown directors who try to better limited release dreck. Rating: 3 stars.

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