A Few Good Men

Movie review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Complex military whodunit. For mature teens+.
  • R
  • 1992
  • 138 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Many characters are seen taking political expedient but morally ambiguous actions.


Gore is at a minimum but the movie begins with two marines forcibly tying up another and then blood is seen staining a bed.


No nudity, but one scene discusses oral sex quite explicitly.


Several F-words and a graphic oral sex reference.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film's lack of gory violence or explicit sex makes it a relatively good choice for those who like political thrillers. However, the plot might be too complex and slow-paced for all but the most mature teenagers. There is some strong language and a graphic oral sex reference.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygrapelover46 September 14, 2012
Adult Written byPres March 20, 2020

Definitely 18+

Not for kids/teens.
Teen, 14 years old Written byTom Cruise Fan August 13, 2015

"A Few Good Men" movie review

"A Few Good Men" is a masterpiece of cinema in my opinion. This movie is severely underrated. It is the best courtroom drama I have ever seen. "A... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 28, 2016


Common sense media rated the Martian 12+ for having multiple f words while this only had a few. It is a trial and jury so I believe it can teach kids about cour... Continue reading

What's the story?

When an unpopular Marine winds up dead after being hazed by two of his unit mates in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Navy lawyer Lt. J. G. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend the presumed murderers at their court martial, in a presumably open-and-shut case. But as Kaffee probes further under the urging of Internal Affairs' Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), he finds there's more to the case than meets the eye.

Is it any good?

Younger teens will probably be bored by the film's lack of action, but for families looking for talking points on the military, or those who just like a courtroom drama, this is a solid choice. A Few Good Men was adapted from a Broadway play, and it shows; most of the film is filled with set pieces in which the actors sit at restaurants and in court rooms and offices, endlessly debating the case and the issues around it. Did the dead Marine bring on his fate by breaking the Marine's code of honor, as the base's commanding officer, Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicolson), suggests? If so, does that make the dead soldier a victim or a perpetrator himself?

For adults or very mature teens, A Few Good Men brings up complex and interesting issues surround the military and the duties of soldiers in uniform: the nature of conformity, persecution of the weak, the price of unquestioning obedience to superiors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the duties of a citizen to their family and their country. Was the death of the marine justified in favor of national security? Does Col. Jessup's military record automatically make him qualified to hold his position? How does the trial cause Lt. Kaffee to question his own values?

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