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Term Life (2016)

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A guy wanted around town by various hitmen hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.


Peter Billingsley


Andy Lieberman (screenplay by), Andy Lieberman (graphic novel) (as A.J. Lieberman) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Nick Barrow
Hailee Steinfeld ... Cate Barrow
Bill Paxton ... Joe Keenan
Jonathan Banks ... Harper
Jordi Mollà ... Viktor (as Jordi Molla)
Terrence Howard ... Braydon
Shea Whigham ... Matty Miller
Jon Favreau ... Jimmy Lincoln
William Levy ... Alejandro
Mike Epps ... Darryl Mosley
Taraji P. Henson ... Samantha Thurman
Cain Velasquez ... Marco
Rio Hackford ... Deputy Dean
Annabeth Gish ... Lucy
Brian F. Durkin ... John Stasio (as Brian Durkin)


A guy wanted around town by various hitmen hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.

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A daughter out of options. A father out of time.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, and language including a sexual reference | See all certifications »






Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick and Cate See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,040, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,040, 1 May 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau appeared in Rudy (1993), Swingers (1996), Made (2001), The Break-Up (2006), Four Christmases (2008), and Couples Retreat (2009). See more »


During car chase at about 1:02:50, the Dodge Charger spins out and Officer stops behind. When Officer gets out of police car, he has no Sam Browne duty belt. In fact, he doesn't even have a gun from interior camera view. In next shot from exterior of car, he has belt on and is drawing down on suspect. See more »


Not For Me
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Term Life
8 January 2017 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Due to the huge success obtained by super-heroes in the big screen, we hadn't seen a film based on a "mature" comic (ie, not including cloaks, super-powers or cosmic battles) in various years. Term Life is based on an "adult" graphic novel (from Image Comics) written by Andy Lieberman and illustrated by Nick Thornborrow. Lieberman himself adapted the screenplay, and along with director Peter Billingsley, they were able to create a very entertaining movie which makes the comic justice despite altering many of its elements. Some changes are small details, while other ones substantially change the premise (the affairs of the life insurance and the 21 days are barely mentioned in the film). However, the differences ended up being irrelevant, because Term Life made me have quite a good time and left me satisfied. I had found Vince Vaughn unable to play serious roles until I saw him in the second season of True Detective, and I changed my mind. His performance in Term Life displays once more his capacity to handle the drama and the action with equal credibility. Hailee Steinfeld also makes a competent work as his daughter, and she has a good chemistry with Vaughn. The interaction between father and daughter is the dramatic axis of Term Life, and it makes it more interesting than a simple tale about betrayal and criminal revenge. But that doesn't mean that the criminal aspect is neglected either; on the opposite, the initial robbery planned by the main character is well planned, and its consequences are ingenious and unexpected. In the supporting cast, we find many solid character actors (Jonathan Banks, Jon Favreau, Bill Paxton, Terrence Howard, Mike Epps, Taraji P. Henson and Jordi Mollà) who enrich the experience with their mere presence. Comparing it to other films based on thriller or action comics (without super- heroes), I would place Term Life above The Losers, but below A History of Violence or Road to Perdition. However, as I said on the beginning of this review, the comic origin is just a cultural curiosity; despite not being a great movie, Term Life works pretty well as an interesting thriller with good performances, dynamic direction and a well written screenplay, so I recommend it with confidence.

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