Just Getting Started

Theatrical Release: December 8, 2017
Just Getting Started


An ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) have to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

Dove Review

Just Getting Started features veteran actors Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, who share a good on-screen chemistry to bring us some hilarious moments. Watching the two compete at golf and even ping pong results in some comedic incidents and dialog. They have an interest in the same woman, Suzie, played by Rene Russo, but Jones’ character, Leo, seems more sincere than Duke (Freeman). In one scene, Duke appears as Santa Claus for an annual Christmas event when a new Santa shows up, claiming he is there to replace Duke, who loves playing Santa Claus and isn’t about to let a newcomer claim his job. So the two Santas go at it, flailing at one another in a very funny scene. Leo comes to the rescue, helping Duke out and telling him he doesn’t like anyone to pick on Santa.

The holiday spirit is alive in this movie, with Duke even singing “Silent Night” in one scene. Duke has been happy overseeing the Villa Capri while being in the Witness Protection Program, and although Leo, an ex-F.B.I. agent, and Duke seem unlikely to become friends, Leo admits at one point that he “likes” Duke a little bit. Their rivalry and competitive nature, as well as their emerging friendship, makes for an interesting and funny story. Johnny Mathis makes an appearance to sing in the movie, and the film incorporates a few profound comments such as “Only God is perfect.” However, we can’t award our Dove Seal to the movie, due to excessive language and sexual innuendos and comments, but it shines when it focuses on the fact that two men unlikely to form a friendship do exactly that.

Content Description

Faith: Some Christmas songs such as "Silent Night" are sung in addition to a comment being made about only God is perfect.
Integrity: An overseer of a retirement community wants to make sure the residents are treated fairly.
Sex: Several sexual comments and innuendos including a slang word for breasts; a comment about group sex and how a sex class takes place weekly; a few ladies present themselves to a man, obviously willing to be "with him."
Language: Language throughout the film including the use of a few "GD" comments; several utterances of "M/G" and several uses of "Sh*t" and "B.S." and "Da*n", "S.O.B." and others such as "A*s" and the "F" bomb as well as "He*l"
Violence: Some shooting scenes and a little blood is seen on a man's hand; an explosion in which two men are close to being killed; a woman plots the death of a certain man.
Drugs: A lot of drinking scenes and bar scenes including wine, champagne and alcohol; smoking in a scene; a comment about being drunk; one character is drunk.
Nudity: A few shirtless men are seen in a hot tub; a few women are seen in lingerie; cleavage and a woman's thigh is seen as she lies in bed.
Other: Tension between characters.


Company: Broad Green Pictures
Writer: Ron Shelton
Director: Ron Shelton
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Ed C