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Parents' Guide to

Baby Driver

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Car-centric crime action is stylish but shallow, violent.

Movie R 2017 115 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 13+

Incredible, fun and upbeat crime film has violence, language

Baby Driver is an upbeat crime story about a young adult trapped in the wrong life. Most of the film is surrounded by purely bad people and criminals, but the protagonist himself is trapped in the business due to a past mistake and struggles to escape. VIOLENCE: The violence in the film is overall moderate, and progresses in severity as the film goes on, starting with no violence, no onscreen violence then onscreen violence. The film contains several high speed car chases from the police. In the opening scene, several people rob a bank shown from inside the escape drivers car. We see a man firing a gun up into the air but absolutely no violence. We see the aftermath of bank robbers shooting a cop with blood splattered around his head. The actual act is cut off. In a car chase 2 cars shoot at each other, and one flips into a ditch. A boy opens the trunk of a car to discover a corpse with a bloody bullet hole in its forehead. During an intense shootout, 5 criminals are killing. The first is blasted in the chest, spraying blood, then 2 more are shot in the chest, one getting repeatedly shot in the back afterwards. The final person is suddenly shot in the side of the head spraying blood out. After these people are killed another man is shot driving a car showing no blood. A man is shot in the chest with a shotgun, spurting a large amount of blood. In an intense scene, a man is suddenly impaled with a lamp post, splattering blood on the windows and the people in the car. Blood also dribbles and pours from the mans mouth. The most graphic scene in the film. In a shootout, a woman firing 2 machine guns gets repeatedly shot in the chest, killing her and spraying blood. Then, a man shoots 3 police officers in anger. In a diner, a man is suddenly shot, sending him to the ground and causing blood to pour out of his wound. The man then shoots a police officer who enters the diner. Towards the end, a man wielding a shotgun kills 3 people, blasting 2 of them in the chest. The third is shot in the chest, sending him to the ground and then is repeatedly blasted in the chest then face, splattering a large amount of blood on the ground. Another man gets up and starts shooting, so he, too is shot in the face but the camera does not show the impact like the other kill. During this shootout, the shotgun wielding killer also gets repeatedly shot. A man gets hit by a car, then run over again killing him. During a car fight, 2 cars crash into each other and the environment repeatedly, every time the car crashes one of the drivers faces gets covered in more blood. A man is shot in the kneecap and falls from a great height into a burning car, exploding and killing him. 17 people are killed onscreen during the duration of the film (not counting the offscreen deaths). LANGUAGE: Around 57 uses of “f*ck” and multiple uses of “sh*t”. Use of other words like “pussies”, “wh*re”, “retard”, “ass”, “jesus”, “jesus christ”. OVERALL: 13+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+


Saw this film with my nephew a year ago and he loved it so yeah. If your kid can handle language and a bit of violence this should be fine

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34 ):
Kids say (128 ):

Whenever Elgort's Baby is behind the wheel, this movie is a ballet of stylish automotive mayhem -- but the minute everyone gets out, things quickly slump into stereotypes. One last job, really? A hero whose Tragic Backstory includes a Poetically Ironic orphaning (his parents died in a car accident -- Baby drives a car!)? Exactly two female characters, including a manic pixie dream girl and a gun moll with supermodel looks who's killed to give a villain murderous motivation? Baby Driver goes exactly where you expect it will, and it has the exact same beats you've seen plenty of times before.

Nonetheless, Baby Driver isn't without its merits -- chiefly the incredible style with which its driving stunts are handled. With an impassive Elgort in the driver's seat, his ever-present earbuds clamped on and operatic songs by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or Queen swelling on the soundtrack, a succession of cars dart and climb and swerve and slide, drawing gasps and cheers from the audience. It's something truly beautiful to see. But it's so short on emotion that while it dazzles the eye, it fails to grab viewers on a visceral level. Baby is a hero you can enjoy but not truly cheer for. Too bad.

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