The Butterfly Effect

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Dark sci-fi thriller has lots of violence, sex, language.

R 2004 113 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 16+

Definitely not for kids.

The movie is great, and I enjoyed it very much, but it is very dark, dealing with child molestation, child abuse, child pornography, murder, prostitution, mental disorders, suicide, and other things that are not appropriate for children in my opinion. I'm not a parent yet, but I can't imagine letting anyone under 16 watch this movie, as it was troubling even for me. Don't get me wrong, the movie was great, but the subject matter is too grotesque and adult for kids to be subject to.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

You Can’t Play God

I don’t know what the reviewer is going on about but this movie certainly is worthy of a good review. To give it 1 star shows bias, perhaps she just doesn’t like Ashton Kutcher. The movie has its depressing, violent moments but in the end it teaches you that you can’t play God and you should be thankful for the life you have, because having everything doesn’t necessarily mean you’re living a fulfilling life.

This title has:

Great messages

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 22, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: July 6, 2004
  • Cast: Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz
  • Director: Eric Bress
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use
  • Last updated: September 28, 2022

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