Donnie Darko

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Winningly edgy teen-angst sci-fi tragicomedy.

R 2001 113 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 66 reviews

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age 13+

Mind bending and interesting sci-fi drama flick is spooky, has profanity and sexual dialogue

Donnie Darko is a hard film to rate and explain, it’s an absolute mystery, and despite it having creepy imagery and content, the film never comes across as downright scary, the only places I’d say the film is mature is in its foul language and sexual references, although expect violence towards the end, which is actually quite tame and non-graphic. VIOLENCE: MILD The climax of the film displays several moments of violence, that I still describe as rather tame. 2 high school boys jump out on a couple with halloween masks on, throw them to the ground and point knives at their necks. This is when they run out of the way when a car runs over the girl lying on the floor, killing her. This is shocking but dimly lit. Afterwards, the boy takes out a gun and shoots the car driver in the head, we don’t see anything but the gun firing but we hear a thump on the ground along with his dead body with a bullet hole in his eye which we see earlier in a dream-like sequence. This scene isn’t as violent as it sounds, although it can be disturbing for younger viewers. Donnie Darko is a schizophrenic boy who commits several acts of crime during the film, like burning up the house of a man in charge of a child pornography ring, flooding his school and destroying property. A jet engine crushes a boy in his bed, not shown. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Around 25 uses of “f*ck” mostly used several times in a row in a few scenes but not casually, so it comes off as more foul as it is also used sexually around 5 or 6 times. Use of “sh*t”, “b*tch” (as an insult), “p*ssy”, “damn”, “hell” and “ass”, also detailed sex related talk. SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD Lots of sexual dialogue. A boy in hypnotherapy says that he “thinks about f*cking a lot”, he also says “I don’t think about f*cling my family, that’s gross!” and several other things like it while he slowly reaches his hands into his pants to start masturbating, however he is awoken before anything happens. A group of boys talk about smurfs engaging in an orgy, and how papa smurf only created the girl smurf to have sex along with many other things said in detail. References to child pornography in a negative light, Donnie and his girlfriend have sex, but it cuts as they are making out and no sex is shown. No actual sex other than dialogue, so it’s pretty tame just as long as younger kids aren’t watching.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 10+

If your child loves movies that will puzzle and trick your mind throughout the movie this is for you

The only bad part was there was a stream of like 30Fbombs some sexual talk and a satanic rabbit but if your child can Watch Stranger Things they can watch this

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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