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Death Proof



Tarantino's very bloody half of Grindhouse.
  • Review Date: October 2, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nobody here is very admirable. The second set of girl victims are "empowered" stuntwomen, who fight back (and get revenge, with no help from authorities), but also pull hazardous tricks for their own thrills. Characters in a mixed black and white posse call each other the N-word in comradely fashion.


Characters battered and gruesomely dismembered in a brutal car smashup (shown in several versions) and beaten bloody.


All talk, but lots of it, with details of infidelity and multiple partners. Female characters dress skimpily, in shorts and T-shirts, and one gives a man a very suggestive (but clothed) lapdance.


Most every swear word there is gets uttered. At least one girl chastises another when she uses God's name in vain.


Brand names of beverages, cars, popular magazines, and obscure movies (Faster Pussycat Kill Kill!) that Quentin Tarantino fancies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Psycho stuntman Mike claims to be a non-drinker, but he's the only one. Lots of imbibing, smoking, and talk of marijuana and harder drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie celebrates and partially recreates brutal sex-and-action movies that played in bad-neighborhood theaters of the 1960s and '70s. There is a lot of swearing, bloody violence, much talk of sex (none shown, though), vicious and self-destructive behavior, and revenge.

What's the story?

In Austin, Texas, radio DJ Jungle Julie (Sydney Poitier) meets with visiting friends at roadhouse, before they carpool for a girls'-only weekend at one of their father's cabins, with marijuana and maybe a few boys on the agenda. Also in the roadhouse is Mike (Kurt Russell), who is secretly stalking Jungle Julie and her posse. On the road he strikes, in his "death-proof" black 1970s stunt car. Later, Mike tries to pull off a similar crime against a group of spunky young ladies in Tennessee, but the intended victims here are also movie stuntwomen, and they aren't such easy prey.

Is it any good?


A lot of viewers might find it a long haul to get to the action. Others might find the filth-talking girls, psychotic Mike, and a few other low-life guys around the periphery to be most unappealing people to spend time with. And maybe just a few viewers, who groove to the same beat Tarantino does, will think this movie is the best thing ever. Characters inhabit a world of violence, sex, and obscure-movie quotes and entertainment trivia.

DEATH PROOF originally was Quentin Tarantino's half of Grindhouse, a joint effort with Robert Rodriguez to recreate a double-bill of shabby exploitation movies of bygone days. After it flopped at the box office, Death Proof was released by itself to theaters overseas and on video in the U.S. Without the framing gimmick, it's the equivalent of a punchline with no setup. There is plenty of Tarantino's profanity-jammed, witty/lewd/movie-reference-quoting dialogue plus a slam-bang car-chase action finale, but in the end the film's only real achievement (aside from unnerving any parents who catch their kids watching this) is halfway duplicating the look and feel of an old grindhouse potboiler.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Quentin Tarantino made this film, and what would be the appeal for anyone outside of his viewing-party circle. Lots of today's cutting-edge moviemakers seem fascinated by trashy exploitation pictures from their childhood, and some commentators claim those down-and-dirty films, ignored or condemned at the time by the mainstream, exhibited more creativity, energy, and daring than conventional Hollywood productions. Do you believe that? Where are the good ideas hiding today, then?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 31, 2007
DVD release date:September 16, 2007
Cast:Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan
Director:Quentin Tarantino
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written bytim44 April 9, 2008

Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof all right for mature teens

The movie Death Proof is not that bad. It has a lot of sexual dialouge wich is very detailed. the F word is constant throughout the movie. it also has some other terrible languge. The only violence in this film is 2 car carshes and one brutal and graphic beating at the end of the movie. This was a 1 hour and 53 minute waste of my time. Overall it was a crappy movie that was not entertaining. See Planet Terror for entertainment, it was a much more enjoyable film than Death Proof.
Teen, 16 years old Written byirontap June 24, 2015

Tarantino's weakest film

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byChris Crosby March 27, 2014

Death Proof movie review and parents guide

First the movie review The movie itself is really good. I do not know why people criticize this movie so much because it has a great plot and great casting. The movie is slow in the beginning but if you pay attention the conversations are actually interesting.the cast includes Kurt Russell, Vanessa Ferlito, Rosairo Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rose McGowan, Zoë Bell, and Eli Roth. It is feeled with action, drama, comedy, and suspense great fun. Now the parents guide The movie has a lot of language in it that should not be repeated but if your child knows this is wrong there is no problem. The violence is pretty gory and realistic but all of it is very brief and if you blink you will miss it. The sexual content is very low the only sexual content is a woman giving a man a lap dance while fully clothed and there is a lot of sexual dialogue between women and it is pretty graphic dialogue as well. The people in the first half of the movie drink until drunk and they smoke cigarettes, weed, and cocaine. The movie does have a positive message by saying if you do wrong it will come back to haunt you.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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