Badass 101: THE PROFESSIONAL

Director Luc Besson
Year 1994
Starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman
Rating R
Run Time 110min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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The world is getting soft. We are getting soft. As civilization slowly marches towards a future full of politically correct, health food conscious, light beer sipping emotional marshmallows that don't know how to take a punch, it is becoming evident that we, as a society, need to relearn how to be a badass. The Alamo Drafthouse is here to help with a monthly series dedicated to teaching the art of badassery.

Every month, we’ll screen a film that has proven itself to be badass. Screened from a 35mm print, these movies are the cinematic equivalent of wearing sunglasses, a leather jacket and chewing on a toothpick.

In conjunction with each month's screening, we will host a special guest from the community as they teach the audience a badass technique. If humanity is to survive long enough into the future to enjoy flying cars and colonies on Mars, we are going to need to learn how to toughen up. Starting this May, class in in session — one movie at a time.

This month: THE PROFESSIONAL in 35mm!

Jean Reno is a professional. He’s The Professional, to be exact. Reno stars as Léon, a hitman who leads a quiet life in New York City. This well-constructed island of solitude begins to crumble when  Léon lets Mathilda (played by Natalie Portman in her feature film debut) into his life. Mathilda’s family has been murdered by a corrupt DEA agent and she wants to learn how to exact her revenge. What better teacher than a hitman? Luc Besson’s stylish yet emotionally rich thriller is the perfect way to spend Father’s Day.

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