Parents' Guide to


By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Implausible, mature thriller about a sex club.

Movie R 2008 108 minutes
Deception Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Oh my!

If I wanted to watch a movie that uses the "f-word" in every other scene, and portrays people having sex, I might as well have just put on 50 shades of grey! This is not a movie for children.
age 15+

Well it was quite...steamy. The whole thing is about sex. I wouldn't suggest my kids see it, but I wouldn't stop them if they wanted to.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though it's shot in a slick, glamorous manner and features some real star power, DECEPTION is riddled with spoken cliches and implausible plot twists. Not only is the sex club an unlikely fantasy, where women are as hungry for sex and willing to engage in "intimacy without intricacy," but Jonathon's naivete is very hard to swallow. Perhaps it's McGregor's Scottish brogue sneaking through his Flatbush inflection that makes the character a bit of a joke. Or his nerdy character's unlikely romance with the stunning "S."

There are some lovely shots of New York City, and Michelle Williams does a great job. But the plot is rather predictable, and the ending is not surprising. If only the actors had been given more to work with -- and the women hadn't been portrayed as sex-starved automatons.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate