Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Talky, play-based political drama sheds light on history.

R 2008 122 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Great acting!

I did not know this was originally a play until after I watched the film. The film focuses on a minor bit of Nixon history in the way that makes sense for the stage but that for a film feels a bit indulgent. Nonetheless, the acting is top notch all around. Langella is convincing as Nixon and Sheen shines as the plastic Frost. Others have spoken about Rockwell's bang up job, but to me that's like saying did you notice the sky was blue?. Rockwell kills his roles. Bacon brings up the rear very nicely...he's come a long Footloose way.
age 14+

Great dialogue, but might be boring for kids

The build-up to the big interview of Nixon by David Frost feels kind of slow, but the actual interview and the behind-the-scenes story of it are actually quite intriguing, especially if you're a history buff. Despite the R-rating, there is not much language to be worried about. It's there, yes, mostly s-words, but it's not excessive, and I don't recall there being more than twenty uses of it. There is one scene where a man is shown in bed with a woman with fleeting nudity, and another scene where a man goes skinny-dipping (his rear is briefly shown). Violence is minimal (with war footage shown). I think that the movie is worth watching, but only mature teens and older could really appreciate it. 7.8/10

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Too much swearing

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