The Equalizer

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Denzel's TV-based action thriller is violent but stylish.

R 2014 131 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 14+

Violence is quite graphic but can be handled by mature people

The Equalizer is a good movie for mature children of 14 years and older. The fight scenes are fairly graphic with blood being shown very often. However if your 14 year old is mature they will find this easy enough to cope with. There isn’t a huge amount of swearing but there is the occasional “What the F—k” or “You B-tch “. All in all I believe that this movie is ok for mature 14 year olds and older.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 16+

ABSOLUTELY LOVE this Movie - but NOT for the little ones

Looked at the general review under "sex", as I always do for movies. My kids are a bit older, so the violence is not usually my issue - Older children need to know about the violence in the world, we must address these issues with them as parents because they Will learn about it soon enough. MY ISSUE is when I am surprised by sexual content or specific use of vulgar language...a young prostitute relaying what her pimp told her as he threatened cutting another girl's throat, "He said a whore that F**** but does not speak might be worth twice as much." AND this same pimp talking to Denzel's character saying, "She must be good at sucking the c*** ' - I like to know these things up front, such a crude and vulgar reference to women is NOT a seed you want to plant in growing boys (or girls for that matter.) That being said, the movie itself was Awesome for older audiences! We love Denzel Washington and, despite the violence, it is nice to see justice served without all the red tape involved that let's the criminal get out in the end to do it again. For all of you who tout "Violence is Not the answer," I say to take a history class. The human race has always been prone to a level of violence, and most people won't be persuaded by your pleading words to do what is right - ASK any victim of a violent crime. We need more people like the Equalizer in the World fighting for the innocent (AND, by the way, he treats the young prostitute with compassion, NOT judgement - THAT is a wonderful lesson in itself)...a Feel Good Film with a happy ending, perfect way to end a long day in the real world.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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