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Parents' Guide to

Barton Fink

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bizarre Hollywood dream factory. Teens only.

Movie R 1991 116 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+
This movie’s content is similar to Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, where nearly all the violence is alluded to or shown post-attack. There’s a lot less of it in this movie, however. You see a dead body in bed for about a minute, and people are bloodlessly shot. Very intense and surreal movie.
age 15+


Barton Fink is simply amazing, it will leave you breathless, and should be mandatory viewing for any movie buff. It is one of the most thought provoking movies i have ever seen, there are many interpretations of what this movie is saying, and what you thought everything meant symbolically. This movie is for people who want to think, if you want to watch mindless violence and action, look elsewhere, but Barton Fink, nonetheless is a thought provoking and amazing movie. Go out and rent it right now.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

In classic Coen brothers style, the film skillfully combines eerily wacky characters with offbeat dark scenarios. Cinematography and design elements coalesce to create a world which welcomes the film's larger-than-life characters, odd situations, and quick-paced dialogue. Barton Fink was the first film to win all three major awards at the Cannes Film Festival -- Palme D'or, Best Director, and Best Actor.

Turturro uses his awkward appearance and nervous demeanor to create an alienated artist trapped in a hellish Hollywood. John Mahoney's alcoholic genius, Judy Davis's prolific secretary, and Michael Lerner's studio exec help to round out the weird scenario. Learner earned an Academy Award for his performance.

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