Taxi Driver

Movie review by David Gurney, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

'70s classic is extremely violent; lots of sex, language.

R 1976 112 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 45 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Honestly this is a must watch for any teen

So long you know they're smart enough to discern that Travis isn't the good guy. I feel this movie is really important for teenagers to watch because it's commentary on male isolation and why you should talk to people about your feelings instead of letting it boil inside.

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age 15+

Mature, incredible film has strong content and themes

Taxi Driver (1976) is a crime/drama film about a taxi driver that’s had enough with society. As simple as that sounds, there’s much deeper meanings to the film including child sex trafficking, violence and racism. That being said Taxi Driver is a film likely to be more appreciated by mature teens. VIOLENCE: SEVERE A man is shot in the head and tumbles to the ground. Blood is splattered on the surface behind him. His face is shown with a bullet hole in it before another man starts beating his corpse with a metal rod. A man is shot in the stomach, blood sprays on the window behind him before blood is shown squirting out of his back. The killer enters another building where he shoots a mans hand in half with a revolver (gory, graphic) before the shooter is shot in the neck (blood squirts and pours from his neck) by the man previously shot in the stomach. In response, that man is shot again the chest and then twice more on the floor to finish him off. The man who had his hand shot in half is again shot in the stomach before he starts chasing after the shooter with his missing part of his hand still in view. The shooter is then suddenly shot in the shoulder before he himself removes a gun from his wrist and shoots the man multiple times in the face, a blast to the forehead, cheek and face (bloody, graphic) before he is repeatedly shot in the chest killing him. Afterwards, the man with his hand shot in half chases the shooter down and tackles him to the floor before the shooter quickly stabs a knife through his hand and shoots him through the head, splattering blood and matter on the wall. The shooter sits down, soaked with blood and attempts suicide but fails. A slow pan of the bloodied corpses and blood splattered walls are shown, along with injury detail from all the shootings. This is a very, very graphic scene and extremely gory with no holds barred, all the violence is directly in your face and can make any viewer sick to their stomach. LANGUAGE: SEVERE Around 33 uses of f*ck, 9 uses of “sh*t”, one use each of “c*nt” and “c*ck”, many slurs are used such as “f*g”, “n*gger and others. Multiple uses of “c*m” in sexual context (many related to a child) and other swears such as “d*mn”, “h*ll”, “a**” and “b*tch” (including “son of a b*tch”) can be heard. SEXUAL CONTENT: MODERATE A man is shown in a pornographic theater 3 times, loud moaning noises and sexual dialogue can be heard (“it’s so big!”, “it’s throbbing!”) and heavily blurred sexual movements on the screen can be seen. One scene depicts a sight of an orgy, several nude men briefly are shown on top of a woman, a mans backside is the only nudity and very little, if any, sexual movements can be seen. Lots of graphic sexual dialogue and material involving child prostitution. A 12 year old girls pimp says things like “you can c*m on her”, “f*ck her in the ass”, “f*ck her in her mouth”, “c*m on her face”, “she’ll hit you so hard it’ll make your c*ck explode”, etc. and one scene depicts the girl unzipping a mans pants and kneeling down before he pushes her away, she asks how he wants to have sex but he declines as he’s just trying to help her and not have sex. Other sexual dialogue includes statements such as “some days I clean c*m off the seats”, “your selling your little p*ssy to creeps” etc. Not really any onscreen sex, the sexual content would be “SEVERE” under normal circumstances, but this film paints child prostitution and prostitution in general poorly, and does not promote sexual habits or addictions. The content in this film, although pretty heavy, isn’t for sexual purposes, but instead to paint a story against these kind of things. DRUG CONTENT: MILD The protagonist takes pills, drinks and gets high, countless drugs are briefly mentioned, a 12 year old girl smokes. OVERALL: 15+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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