Parents' Guide to

John Wick

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Action film is stylish, entertaining but extremely violent.

Movie R 2014 101 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 43 parent reviews

age 11+

Good some bad scenes

This movie I would say is 11 and up, it has a lot of violence but not that much sex or drugs as a normal rated r movie. There’s a part where a guy smokes and some liquor parts not really much sex just some kissing
age 14+

John Wick gets violent and has language, but avoids gore-good for mature young teens

John Wick is an excellent action movie, and Keanu Reeves really shines. Violence-wise, the film definitely gets intense, but never gets overly gory. Most kills come down to a gunshot and some blood-mist, but since the action is so fast, the camera often just moves off the body. Language wise, a fair amount of f-bombs, but nothing your kids haven't heard before. I would say that John Wick is appropriate for kids 14 and up.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (43 ):
Kids say (153 ):

Few films in this genre are known for their intricate, layered dialogue or depth of feeling, and this doesn't exactly break these conventions. But there's no denying the artistry that went into making John Wick. The frames are well-crafted, the pace quick and effortless, the fight scenes choreographed like a ballet. It looks fantastic. And although it's an action thriller, it has a streak of humor that confidently runs through it, making it even more entertaining. Reeves' impermeable face and economic acting work well in this context because he plays a mystery man who remains mysterious throughout. And the rest of the cast -- especially Willem Dafoe and Michael Nyqvist -- is great, too.

But there's no doubt that John Wick is deeply violent. It starts out quiet, and the first attack comes as a shock, which works well for the story. But after a while, all the fights begin to numb; though they're beautifully filmed, they lose their potency, since they come fast and furious without much room to breathe or process what's happening. And parents will want to know that the fighting is so ferocious that it borders on barbarous, making the movie best left for mature teens and adults.

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