Brokeback Mountain

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Mature, intense film about a forbidden gay relationship.

R 2005 134 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 16+

Excellent movie

This movie, man it is brilliant. There is a lot of swearing but it ain't that bad. There is a little violence but again it isn't too bad. Yes the central plot of the movie is a gay relationship but that doesn't mean that it is inappropriate. Although there are 3 sex scenes in the movie, 2 hetero and one homosexual. The homosexual sex scene is emotional and sensual but not all that bad. You see both men's butts. The first heterosexual scene is between a husband and wife. They are naked in the missionary position. Her petite boobs are scene for about 10 seconds, no male nudity. The other sex scene involves a boyfriend and girlfriend. They are in a car after going out together. She is seen kissing him passionately for about a minute. She then pauses and asks whether she is going to fast. The man denies so she continues. 5 seconds later she pulls away and tears her shirt open. The man says that she may be in a hurry. She assures him she is and proceeds to remove her bra. Her bare boobs flop out of her bra and are seen close up for about 5 seconds. She then lunges onto the man again, thrusting her tongue into his mouth. The man reaches out and gropes her boobs as she does this. She seems to enjoy this and moans with pleasure. The scene ends. The woman has really large boobs that are visible for a brief but close up shot. I mean her boobs are huge, so huge in fact they look fake. All in all a brilliant movie but just leave the kids at home so they don't see these graphic sex scenes with female breasts on full display.

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Too much sex
age 13+

full disclosure: i am not a parent

As someone who is kind of between the categories of "kid" and "parent" (I'm 19) I feel like I have a good grasp on the age limit for this movie. My mom has been meaning to have me watch this movie since I was in eighth grade, but I only watched it for the first time 3 days ago. I would've been able to handle it a lot earlier. Like any rated-R movie, there are some things that would've flown over my head when I was 13, but the movie was not overly inappropriate language/sex/violence wise. I also think what the movie would've meant to me (affected me/ impacted me/moved me etc.) at 13 is different than what it means to me now as an adult. I think showing this movie to kids ages 13+ is perfectly fine. Parents should just be willing to answer questions on some heavy topics. (Also: I saw 21 Jump Street when I was 13 and it is wayyyyyy more inappropriate than this movie. It holds a 16+ on this website while Brokeback Mountain holds a 17+. Take a wild guess why that is.)

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