Casino

Movie review by
Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Violent story of vice and virtue not for kids.
  • R
  • 1995
  • 179 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySoccermum12 February 12, 2020

Not as bad as people say

After weeks of begging I allowed my 13 year old son to watch this movie but he had to watch it with me. The reviews on this site are often over the top and exag... Continue reading
Adult Written bycinephile-27690 May 14, 2019

Profane but engaging.

Very good movie that sucks you in for 3 hours but it gets very violent(ie a man has his head squished in a vice in an interrogation and some men are beat w/ bas... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach June 2, 2020

I loved it

I think its a movie for kids 12 and up
Teen, 14 years old Written byimryantran May 7, 2020

Violent and very mature content is too much for kids.

This film is good, but certainly not superior to Goodfellas. There is many scenes in this three-hour, and also slow depending on how you view the film. I woul... Continue reading

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?

For all of its violence and tragedy, this 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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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