The Hurricane

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

age 16+

Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer.

R 2000 146 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 17+

A boring movie with bad messages

My family, an I, hated this movie. I thought I was going to enjoy this movie, but man was I wrong. It contained moments violence and plenty of swearing. The only good message in here is: one act is one bad act. But besides that, it has lots of bad messages. R: language throughout and intense violence.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 16+

An interesting biographic that has severe pacing issues.

The Hurricane is a biographic about Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a real-life boxer who got imprisoned after he was accused of murdering at least three people in a bar. The acting in this movie is overall very good, with Denzel Washington being the stand out (because honestly this movie is about his character). The themes of the movie, which include redemption and perseverance, and the story are very interesting, and I recognize that the filmmakers were trying to create an honorable film about racial prejudice. That alone should give some interest for parents to watch with their mature teens. For me though, after the first hour or so, the film REALLY started to drag, and instead of being engaged, I was tired and relieved (though somewhat inspired) by the film's end. For violence, there are two intense boxing matches (though they don't last more than a few minutes), a shooting at a bar with some blood spurts, and a scene where a bottle is smashed on a guy's head, and that man is later stabbed in the arm (there is blood). For sexual content, the scenes of real concern are one where some prisoners are shown naked from behind and searched by guards, and then another scene where a molester tries to get closer to a boy (he touches the boy's head, but is later stopped). There is a fair amount of foul language (standard cursing), but it's not pervasive. The Hurricane is an honorable movie, but I had trouble finishing it. 6.2/10

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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