Parents' Guide to

A Most Wanted Man

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Philip Seymour Hoffman great in moody, smart spy drama.

Movie R 2014 121 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Strip club scene and Sex trafficking district

Okay movie - Definitely 18+ for sexual content

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Too much sex
age 16+

A Thriller in the Classic Style

My husband and I went to see "A Most Wanted Man" expecting it to be good as we are fans of many of the actors involved. Much like a Hitchcock movie, the audience goes along for a journey, as characters, motives and plot are methodically developed. "A Most Wanted Man" is set against the backdrop of terrorism in the modern world where both governments and individuals battle with suspicion and knowing who to trust. We were very surprised that this movie was rated "R" and would be perfectly comfortable having our 16 year old see it. The commentary review from Common Cause Media is spot on with *occasional* language being the only concern. It doesn't even compare to some other R-rated movies, in my opinion. But as the review suggests, it is not likely to draw a heavy teen audience based on the patient, deliberative script. I think the movie could launch a thoughtful discussion with an older teen about the value of trust, public safety and terrorism, government's responsibility for public safety and the means they use in an effort to secure it, relationships between nations, religious bias and profiling--all stories ripped from today's headlines.

Is It Any Good?

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With controlled, restrained filmmaking that allows for mood-enhancing moments, former music video maker Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) is the right man for this John Le Carre-based thriller. With a strong screenplay by Andrew Bovell, Corbijn's highly intelligent A MOST WANTED MAN is patient with its details, uses urban locations to gloomy effect, and revels in soft-spoken, spring-loaded conversations. But it's all centered around one great character, Gunter Bachmann.

As played by the late Hoffman in one of his finest performances, Bachmann is always fascinating (never mind that Hoffman conjures up an impressive German accent). He's great at his job but feels like a second-class citizen due to past mistakes. He drinks and smokes and carries himself in a way that feels caught between success and failure. Corbijn confidently keeps the balance between the larger cat-and-mouse game and Bachmann's own, personal risk; the movie's final moment may haunt you for some time.

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