The Sting

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

age 13+

Smart, stylish '70s caper has language and violence.

PG 1973 135 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 15+

Objectification and commodification of women, and the N word (lots)

Within the first 10 minutes the N-word is used several times. The very intro scene is women stripping and dancing with tassels on their nipples for a theater of hollering and hooting men. Then one dancers blows off her next shift because a suitor offers her more money than she'd make in that shift... it goes on. You know I have enough of a battle on my hands raising two girls in a porn culture. No thanks!

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age 14+

Best Movie Of All Time!

Top to bottom the cast is one of the best in any movie. Headlined by Redford and Newman along with Robert Shaw, Charles Durning and Ray Walston. This clever and riveting gangster movie captures the period of Depression era New York and Chicago almost too good. Language can be harsh and the nudity is there, but none of it is gratuitous or over the top. Johnny Hooker (Redford) looks to a veteran con man in Henry Gondorff (Newman) to avenge the death of a common friend Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones). Luther is killed after Hooker and him mistakenly rip off a bag man of a big and dangerous mobster, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). The twist and turns and the elaborate scheme that you witness are nothing less then masterful. Costumes, music, use of language of the day and setting of scenes make you feel you are there. The big message and maybe a lesson is at the end of the movie when Hooker tells Gondorff, "Your right Henry, it's not enough." Hands down best movie ever made! My favorite character is Kid Twist (Harold Gould).

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