Casino

 
Violent story of vice and virtue not for kids.
  • Review Date: September 21, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 179 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Corruption, violence, and betrayal abound. Ethnic slurs crop up frequently.

Violence

Mob-related beatings and killings, some graphic scenes of torture, explosions, child abuse.

Sex

Male/female relationships, some nudity, onscreen depictions of sex and oral sex, one character is a sex worker for part of the film.

Language

Characters swear frequently.

Consumerism

High class car logos displayed as a status symbol, jewelry name brands named.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Excessive drinking, onscreen drug use, a parent mistreats a child under the influence of controlled substances.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie tells the story of Las Vegas and the people who ran it, by legitimate means and otherwise. Mob rule and mob violence run through the film. There are several shootings and killings, and a few graphic and upsetting scenes of torture. Relationships, romantic and otherwise, are also at the film's center, and there are several sex scenes, with some female semi-nudity. A female character is referred to as a "hustler" and marries a man for his wealth and power. There is strong language throughout the film. One of the characters has a drug and alcohol problem, and most characters drink. There are some upsetting scenes of a child endangered by the neglect of a parent. Corruption and outright larceny are part of character lifestyles. It's worth noting that most characters suffer for their vices.

What's the story?

Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert DeNiro) is an honest man in a city of corruption, but his efforts to fly straight as a casino boss are upset by his wife Ginger (Sharon Stone) and psychopathic childhood friend Nicky (Joe Pesci). Sam follows rules, respects competence and loyalty, and works hard. Nicky relies on strong-arm tactics to build his own empire of riches and fear. Complicating the lives of both men is Ginger, formerly an independent and shrewd "hustler" on the casino circuit who agrees to marry Sam for security, and soon loses her happiness and sanity along with her freedom.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CASINO is a film by legendary director Martin Scorsese, who is famous for the movies Taxi Driver and Scarface. Scorsese has an enduring interest in the lives and workings of underworld figures and their lives, blown up to epic proportions, and Casino is no exception. The rise and fall of Sam's Tangeirs casino is told in different narrative voices and vignettes so that the nearly three-hour long film never becomes dull. The tension between Nicky and Sam, the narrators, grows as their ways of running business become more and more different.

For all of its violence and tragedy, Casino is a beautiful, often exuberant movie. It has a relentless soundtrack of jazz and classic rock, and moments of humor and goodwill. Older teens and parents might enjoy this film; younger and more sensitive viewers will find it too upsetting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the competing forces of good and bad that all of the characters face. Who is corrupt in this movie? Who is pure? How do good intentions lead to bad results? Families might also want to explore the idea of loyalty. Is anyone safe from the crime family that supports the casino?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1995
DVD release date:June 14, 2005
Cast:Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone
Director:Martin Scorsese
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:179 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality.

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Adult Written byuytt2 December 17, 2009
age 12+
 

one of the best

good film god preformances some graphic shootout graphic torture lots of swearing, sex evrything a good mob movie needs
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byJayGatsby October 27, 2011
age 18+
 

Caricature of the American Gangster: So rich but so unhappy

I'm a huge fan of Martin Scorsese and I've already seen many of his violent, profanity riddled movies, so the content in this movie didn't really come off as any surprise. I will say that although the language was incredibly pervasive, it was also realistic considering the main characters, the setting, and the tone of the movie. Gangsters spouting f-words come off as more realistic and less offensive than kids and teens saying them in most of today's raunchy teen comedies. This remains one of the best gangster films ever made, bolstering powerful performances from Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It's a sad movie about sad people. Gangsters might be some of the richest people in business, but they are also some of the most dysfunctional, and Scorses asks of us, is it all worth it? Most of us would say not. Gangsters will keep making money, but you can't buy happiness with all the money in the world. Scorsese knows that, and that's what he portrays brilliantly in his gangster films.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bymichaelc April 29, 2010
age 14+
 

14 year olds

I probably wouldn't let anyone under 13 watch this why would they want to though ? Along with being very violent and lots of profanity it is also a long, boring and rubbish film !!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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