Full Metal Jacket

Movie review by Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Extremely graphic, violent Vietnam War film.

R 1987 117 minutes

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age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 14+

Based on 44 reviews

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age 18+

Powerful, violent, but important to discuss its existential presentations of our lack of humanity

The first time I saw this film I was about 23 years old and the film made an impression. Since then I have caught bits and pieces of it at different times never seeing the film in its entirety until recently. It is clear that the film has two parts that make a hole. A hole revealing the lack of humanity in the world. A powerful performance by D'Onofrio and Ermey, that feels like it may overshadow the second half, but they both work together to create a complete film. Once you start watching, it is difficult to look away, no matter how egregious it may be which I think Kubrick's larger point. The spectator sport of inhumane treatment that we have normalized.
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