Parents' Guide to

Clear and Present Danger

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'90s book-based political thriller has violence, language.

Movie PG-13 1994 141 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Umm...yes there is some “sex”

Please be aware that the ratings say there is no sex, but before a woman is killed, she is felt up on the breasts. I was totally shocked and bummed.

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Clear and Present Danger is a generic shoot-'em-up that is politically all over the place and a good 20 minutes too long. Our credulity is meant to be stretched, as the hero is a gun-less CIA wonk who willingly runs into life-threatening situations. On the one hand, the U.S. government players (president and advisers) are self-serving and cynical, but on the other, Ryan, another government employee and political appointee, is the only guy with a conscience in the whole story. So the government is at fault but the government also solves the problem.

Ford is great, as always, at using facial muscles to express worry, and that talent is perfectly applied here because Ryan has much to worry about. He also does a good job at outrage, Ryan's other prominent emotion, over the president's callous willingness to abandon wounded captured soldiers to their terrible fate in the hands of the cartel. Still, many other movies about clandestine military ops are far more sophisticated and nuanced than this.

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