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Demolition Man

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, profanity-filled '90s sci-fi action movie.

Movie R 1993 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Great movie, but cover your ears

Love this movie for the futuristic dystopian society mixed with the '90s. There's a lot of great action, but be prepared for a barrage of profanity including 8 abuses of God's name paired with "d..n".

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 14+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

With its sci-fi satire of modern-day consumerism and forced civility at the cost of personal freedom, this movie had a message to convey. The humor of futuristic toilets, fines for cursing, and cops who don't know how to arrest anyone is clever, no matter what debts it might owe to Brave New World and the Hungarian sci-fi writer who claimed the movie plagiarized one of his novels. But these messages on behaviorism and social engineering don't get much space to breathe amongst the bombast and frenzy of two action-movie stars knocking each other around in a plethora of ways, the constant profanity, and the feeling that, shorn from its sci-fi dressing, it's really nothing new.

There's the cop who breaks the law to enforce the law. There's the maniac criminal who laughs a lot and makes twisted witticisms. Both played by big-name stars. Demolition Man tries to please the deep thinkers attracted to sci-fi while also trying to please the not-so-deep thinkers who just want escape in the form of the entertainment of loud bone-crushing violence. The fact that the latter wins out in a blockbuster movie should surprise no one, but by going for that lowest common denominator, a potentially great movie is instead just a slightly more thoughtful '90s action movie.

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