Parents' Guide to

Dallas Buyers Club

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Grim, intense movie tells a powerful, relevant true story.

Movie R 2013 117 minutes
Dallas Buyers Club

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age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Good movie but not for under 18

I see the ratings of 4 on sex, language and drug use and I wonder what a movie has to have to get ratings of 5, from this review, I'd say it would have to be an X rated movie. This is a good movie, depicting a true story of one man's fight against big pharma and the government and the frustrations he encounters because he soon finds out that they are bedfellows, no pun intended. The movie starts out with a sex scene, soon followed by a scene of rather excessive drug use, combined with plenty of alcohol and all the language you would expect involving all the above and that's just in the first fifteen minutes!!! You guys missed the mark on ratings again. All in all, this is a movie that I would recommend to my adult friends, but with the advice that they wait until the kids are in bed, even the teenagers.
age 16+

Perfect movie about tolerance and acceptance

The performances are pristine and the movies message is one that should not be missed

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (7 ):

Many will be impressed by Matthew McConaughey's performance; the actor lost a great amount of weight and appears totally different. Likewise, Jared Leto clearly worked equally hard on his role as a drag queen. And the story they're telling is a powerful one; viewers of a younger generation may be interested -- and shocked -- to see how slowly drug companies reacted to the AIDS crisis and what ordinary people did to help themselves in that situation.

Director Jean-Marc Vallee, whose last movie was the bland costume epic The Young Victoria, films DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in a kind of grungy, muddy haze, perhaps trying to recall the look of 1980s home video. But this approach doesn't help the grim, queasy story about sickness go down any easier. The movie also takes many shortcuts, compressing and compacting its story down to manageable size. This technique squashes any potential moments of life, as well as making the main character's transformation seem too clean and abrupt.

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