Parents' Guide to

25th Hour

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Engaging but violent drama. Not for kids.

Movie R 2002 135 minutes
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I love Edward Norton and cannot sit still I'm so excited to see this movie!

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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 16, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: May 20, 2003
  • Cast: Edward Norton , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Rosario Dawson
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors, Indigenous actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 135 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong language and some violence.
  • Last updated: December 1, 2022

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