Want personalized picks that fit your family?

Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

Get age-based picks

Parent reviews for Charlie Wilson's War

Common Sense says

Adult comedy takes an incisive look at politics.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating
Adult Written byDrTJMc April 9, 2008
Parent of a 13 year old Written bylatenightmom April 9, 2008

entertaining movie about important history

I cannot understand why this film is listed as a comedy. It covers very serious ground while it moves the story along in a witty and entertaining manner. I recommend it for teens 16 and over and for all adults. The information the movie gives us about the US involvement with Afghanistan in the 70's and 80's and about how our government operates behind the scenes is an eye-opener and well worth knowing more about.
Parent of a 17 year old Written bychawla March 10, 2011
Your post will be rather good, and I'm sure some will find it interesting because it's about a topic that's as widely discussed as others. Some may even find it useful.Thanks so much for your post. gmn spindle repair
Adult Written byGrady508 April 9, 2008

A good comedy FOR ADULTS

Grpahic nudity in some scenes great movie but 16 and older probably 17.
Adult Written bygrapelover46 September 14, 2012

This movie is pretty good, on for 17+.

This title contains:

Sexy stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult Written bystacymavros April 9, 2008

Great, eye opening and relevant movie.

Not for minors but well worth watching for all adults unless you're squeamish about some nudity, drug use and very mature subject matter. Historically accurate and makes one not want the U.S. to leave Iraqis the way we deserted the Afghan people. A must see.
Adult Written bybjjbrown April 9, 2008
Didnt like this movie at all...
Parent Written byMicStr April 9, 2008

Great movie... for ADULTS

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I found its message and lesson on recent history very enlightening. But I would think twice about bringing your children to see it. Perhaps a mature teenager could appreciate it, but discussion should certainly follow about this movie. It does bring up a lot of questions about the current state of our relationship with other nations today. This would be best rented on DVD, when you can more easily discuss this with your teen children.... BUT, I should say again, this is probably not a movie for most under 17.
Parent of a 13 year old Written bycolten97 October 10, 2012

Charlie Wilson's War Movie Review

Charlie's Wilson's War demonstrates with deft veracity just how futile wars can be, especially to the very people who spend countless hours and finances to fund them. Virtuoso performances and remarkably memorable characters teamed with a riotously sarcastic script catapult the film, helmed by the continuously unpredictable Mike Nichols, to the top of the year's best. Politics has never been so much fun. Charlie Wilson is a Texas congressman who is credited with almost single-handedly winning the Cold War. Hanging around plenty of drugs, women and scotch, he also takes an unexpected interest in the events in Afghanistan and the terrors of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Enlisting the help of Gust Avrakotos a renegade CIA covert mission expert and Joanne, a wealthy socialite, he raises money to provide Afghanistan with the rocket launchers and antitank weaponry they need to cause serious damage to Russian military. Eventually by the end of the 80s the Cold War would come to an end, and the funds would immediately be cut, thereby removing all help for the fledgling country to rebuild and recoup. The acting is exquisite, although it's to be expected from the more than accomplished cast. A large part of that however, should be attributed to the script, which allows each character to be undeniably well-developed and memorable. And a hearty helping of that credit goes to the novel of the same name, which is hilariously honest. Tom Hanks delivers yet another unequaled performance as Charlie Wilson, the man who did so much for so many and yet still remains relatively unknown. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Gust, a character that is vividly boffo in both his physicality and his wry cynicism; the inimitable Hoffman once again shows superb range in the characters he portrays. Julia Roberts is perhaps the only weak link of the film, with her generic snobbish character and not-subtle-enough accent. And then there's Wilson's "jailbait" squad of young secretaries that scamper about to keep him happy. Led by the always delightful Amy Adams, each supporting role has its mirthful moments. Defeating the Soviet Union was not an easy task, especially considering the many conflicting goals between the various political leaders. "Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?" queries a disgruntled politician. "Tradition mostly", returns Wilson. Everyone appears to want the Cold War to end, yet a blind eye is being turned to the atrocities taking place in Afghanistan. It takes a trip to the war-torn refugee camps in Pakistan to motivate Wilson, as well as with his main financial source Doc Long. Wilson uses strategic ties with committees to raise funding of weaponry in Afghanistan from $5 million to $10 million with a simple command, but the president of Pakistan scoffs at the idea of winning a war for such a trivial amount. By the end of the Wilson campaign, $1 billion is sent to the Mujahedin to shoot down Russian helicopters - the first step toward victory, as Wilson predicted. Beyond the scope of the film, the unresolved turmoil in Afghanistan led to further, less ignorable problems, which Wilson presumably foresaw. During the course of Charlie Wilson's War, the main characters travel from the United States to Pakistan to Afghanistan to Jerusalem to Egypt, but wherever they go, sarcasm always follows. There's a surprising amount of comedy in the film, considering the political undertones are generally serious. Hoffman provides jokes with almost every exchange of dialogue, as does Hanks, with his naturally witty woman-chasing ideals. A scene early on featuring Gust being continually ushered in out of Wilson's office as he tries to straighten out a legal issue with his posse of gorgeous gals reminds me of a slapstick routine from the Marx Brothers. With the press focusing on the drug allegations against Wilson, instead of the important issues of the Cold War, and the conflicting desire of officials to budget their help, it's clear that by the end of the film, the politicians are still oblivious to what's really necessary. And since the screenplay is so quick-witted and astute, some audience members may not be able to keep up with all of the dialogue-intensive events. But, as demonstrated by the politicians who are ignorant as to the difference between Pakistan and Afghanistan, it's essentially another argument to support Charlie Wilson's point.

This title contains:

Sexy stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking