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
Hailee Steinfeld
as Cate Barrow
Bill Paxton
as Detective Keenan
Mike Epps
as Darryl Mosley
Jon Favreau
as Jimmy Lincoln
Jordi Molla
as Victor Fuentes
Shea Whigham
as Matty Miller
William Levy
as Alejandro
Taraji P. Henson
as Samantha Thurman
Rio Hackford
as Deputy Dean
Brian F. Durkin
as John Stasio
Brent Briscoe
as Murphy
Aerli Austen
as Mother at Carnival
Kaylie Turner
as Daughter at Carnival
Shea Vaughn
as Neighbor
Vernon Vaughn
as Tailored Suit Man
Ian Gregg
as Jeremy
Terri Abney
as Sasha
Danna Maret
as Becca
Derek Roberts
as Marcus
Kate Forbes
as Karen Miller
Cranston Johnson
as Uniform Cop #1
Hayes Mercure
as Armored Car Driver
Jean P. Hernandez
as Police Officer #2
Jennifer Shu
as Attractive Asian Woman
Trevor Garner
as Tattoo Kid
Shane Callahan
as Police Officer
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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


It is what you think it is... but, that doesn't take away from an impressive cast. I was astounded by the amount of talented faces that kept popping up on screen, which was honestly half the fun. Pretty run of the mill little low-budget actioner that tries it's best to have a heart at the same time. This may be Vince Vaughn's attempt at doing a popular middle-aged leading male move these days, such as Leslie Neeson's Taken, Pierce Bronson's The November Man, Sean Penn's The Gunman, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand, Kevin Costner's 3 Days to Kill (which oddly enough starred the same actress as his daughter!!??), ETC. OK, I digress! This one was better than 3 of the ones I just mentioned. Hailee Steinfeld is a really good actor, that has the potential to become one of the greats one day. It was fun, but it just came on my TV one day... so without planning for it and going in with no expectations I think it's an enjoyable couple hours for a one-time viewing.

The  Chad
The Chad

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

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