A Man Called Otto

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Neighborly love warms comedy about suicidal curmudgeon.

PG-13 2022 126 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

Multiple Realistic and Long-Form Depictions of Suicide

The entire plot of the movie is centered upon 4 separate suicide attempts. Each is long-form, drawn-out, and realistic, with depictions of the initial setup, and imagery of the actual execution. The first attempt involves Otto attempting to hang himself in his living room, the second is him filling his car with carbon monoxide by routing exhaust from his engine, the third is him standing on train tracks, and the last is him attempting to blast his head off with a shotgun. I'm not one to place heavy restrictions on violent content — the blood and gore in most movies is not based in reality. However, the extremely realistic portrayal of suicide is not fitting for most audiences, and is irresponsible to distribute to anyone not yet emotionally mature. For this reason, the film should only be available to those who are over 18 and willing to endure such depictions. Do not see this movie unless you are comfortable with seeing intense and realistic depictions of suicide.

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Too much violence
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age 13+

Could be triggering to those with mental illness

This is a feel good movie about a man suffering from depression after the death of his wife and how he learns to find joy in living again. There are four suicide attempts by him, which could be triggering to those who suffer from mental illness or have an experience with loss or a mentally ill loved one. Please know your children’s emotions and triggers before watching this movie.
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