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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main character is a convicted drug dealer; however, he feels remorse, is incredibly reflective about his life, and shows kindness and compassion for others. Almost every character has a major flaw, whether lusting for teenage girls, greed, or alcoholism, but these characters also reek of compassion and remorse for their own actions.
Violence & Scariness
The film begins by showing a badly beaten dog and goes from there. It includes a murder and a very graphic beating of the main character.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults lusting after high school girls. Partial nudity (couple bathing together).
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A lot of swearing both casually and in anger. Extended bigoted diatribe.
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Products & Purchases
Red Bull and Guinness product placement.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character is a drug dealer. Teenage drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is meant for mature audiences only, and they may want to think twice about letting kids watch. Some older teens may be able to handle the violence, emotional distress, and questionable situations. The premise centers on the deeds of a drug dealer. The majority of the characters swear repeatedly. Almost every main character is placed in some kind of questionable situation (quasi-pedophilia, assault). Additionally, the film's New York setting and content evoke the memory of September 11th. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like many of Lee's films, 25TH HOUR uses stylized cinematography to effectively underscore the emotions of those who inhabit its world. Repeated takes of the same scene, shifts in lighting, and Lee's classic people mover shot highlight the helplessness or lack of personal agency of the characters. Excellent performances all around complement a visually stunning film. Norton (American History X, Fight Club) turns in yet another fantastic and controlled performance, while Pepper (The Green Mile, 61), Hoffman (Happiness, Magnolia), Dawson (Kids , Sin City), Paquin (The Piano, X2) -- as Hoffman's student and object of lust, and Cox (Braveheart, X2) add depth to Monty's character and the overall narrative. Despite the fact that 25th Hour is a quality film, parents should know that the drugs, violence, nudity, and language in the film make it inappropriate for kids under 18.
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