Rain Man

Movie review by Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Drama about autistic savant has profanity, mature themes.

R 1988 134 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 15+

Great message, great performances but not for younger kids unless you show them an edited version

This is a drama about Tom Cruise who is a self absorbed car dealer who learns to turn into a decent, selfless human being when he discovers he has a much older brother who is an autistic savant played by Dustin Hoffman. The acting is fantastic Hoffman definitely deserved his second Oscar for this, Cruise although maybe too young in reality to be Hoffman's brother (let's face it Hoffman is old enough to be Cruise's dad in real life), is equally excellent and the chemistry he has with Hoffman is among the finest in cinema history. That being said as other reviewers have pointed out the language is very strong. Cruise uses many f-words and while it helps us to understand his frustrations with Hoffman it is also excessive. There is a brief comic sex scene but both Cruise and his girlfriend are not shown having intercourse. They are hidden by a comforter and Hoffman walks in on them misunderstanding what they are up to. It is played strictly for laughs. Later Cruise's girlfriend is seen in the bathtub and a brief glimpse of her nipple may be visible. Were it not for the profanity and that one scene this film could easily qualify as a PG rated film but instead it is rated R for those reasons. Some of the scenes of Hoffman getting upset are intense, but it is to demonstrate what autistic savants can be like and it gives adults and kids a better understanding of who they are as people. This movie also glorifies Hoffman's characters abilities which is excellent and shows that people with his disability are extraordinary. It's a shame this movie is rated R because it really could be an excellent PG rated family friendly film but it does occasionally play on television and of course they have Clearplay machines which can edit out the strong language and sex and make the film on the PG level. Catch it on TV or watch it with a Clearplay if you have kids under 15 because the message in this movie about love and acceptance is fantastic. If your kids are 15 and up they should be able to handle this fine unedited. Its a movie with great messages for pre-teens and teens to learn. It's just a shame about the language and one sex scene.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 18+

Older teen

Mature theme Female breast nudity Sex scene

This title has:

Too much sex

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