Parent reviews for Donnie Darko

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Common Sense says

age 17+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 64 reviews

age 13+

Mind bending and interesting sci-fi drama flick is spooky, has profanity and sexual dialogue

Donnie Darko is a hard film to rate and explain, it’s an absolute mystery, and despite it having creepy imagery and content, the film never comes across as downright scary, the only places I’d say the film is mature is in its foul language and sexual references, although expect violence towards the end, which is actually quite tame and non-graphic. VIOLENCE: MILD The climax of the film displays several moments of violence, that I still describe as rather tame. 2 high school boys jump out on a couple with halloween masks on, throw them to the ground and point knives at their necks. This is when they run out of the way when a car runs over the girl lying on the floor, killing her. This is shocking but dimly lit. Afterwards, the boy takes out a gun and shoots the car driver in the head, we don’t see anything but the gun firing but we hear a thump on the ground along with his dead body with a bullet hole in his eye which we see earlier in a dream-like sequence. This scene isn’t as violent as it sounds, although it can be disturbing for younger viewers. Donnie Darko is a schizophrenic boy who commits several acts of crime during the film, like burning up the house of a man in charge of a child pornography ring, flooding his school and destroying property. A jet engine crushes a boy in his bed, not shown. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Around 25 uses of “f*ck” mostly used several times in a row in a few scenes but not casually, so it comes off as more foul as it is also used sexually around 5 or 6 times. Use of “sh*t”, “b*tch” (as an insult), “p*ssy”, “damn”, “hell” and “ass”, also detailed sex related talk. SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD Lots of sexual dialogue. A boy in hypnotherapy says that he “thinks about f*cking a lot”, he also says “I don’t think about f*cling my family, that’s gross!” and several other things like it while he slowly reaches his hands into his pants to start masturbating, however he is awoken before anything happens. A group of boys talk about smurfs engaging in an orgy, and how papa smurf only created the girl smurf to have sex along with many other things said in detail. References to child pornography in a negative light, Donnie and his girlfriend have sex, but it cuts as they are making out and no sex is shown. No actual sex other than dialogue, so it’s pretty tame just as long as younger kids aren’t watching.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 10+

If your child loves movies that will puzzle and trick your mind throughout the movie this is for you

The only bad part was there was a stream of like 30Fbombs some sexual talk and a satanic rabbit but if your child can Watch Stranger Things they can watch this

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Quite a tame horror movie

This movie is scary but it is quite tame. They don't go in intense scenes. There are some violence that may freak young ones. I thought this movie was good but it isn't the best movie. There is really no good message/role models. PG-13: intense violence of creepy moments and mild crude scenes.

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Too much violence
age 14+

Donnie Darko encourages critical thinking and encourages the examined life

The violence is not that bad compared to what your kids are probably already seeing on the internet. It shows blood once in a dark theater where you can not see it well. A man is shot but nothing is shown of him or the woman run over. This movie would be great for teens who are struggling to find meaning, but maybe have a talk with them about the movie where you can really examine it with them

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 14+

Creepy. Edgy. Mysterious.

If your kids can handle watching Stranger Things, they can handle this.
age 14+

Donnie darko review

Great movie but should not be shown to someone who is in middle school. Meant for adults and teenagers with a graphic scene showing a busted eye and the scary bunny suit_

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Great messages
Too much swearing
age 14+

Loved It, But not so good for younger kids

I love this movie, it's amazing. There is a scene where Donnie talks about thinking about having sex and starts to masterbate. Lots of swearing, but if your kids well adjusted, like my 11 year old, they won't mind the cursing. But over all an amazing movie, but its for younger teens.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Such a beauiful, artistic, and creative movie!

My daughter is 11 years old and her favorite movies are ones that require focus and inference to understand and there honestly aren’t many that are as clean as Donnie Darko. There is a lot of vulgar language, but not gratuitous or unmotivated. The violence is a little shocking. The romance is beautifully depicted, consensual, both sides extremely respectful of each other and very loving. Of course, you have to know your child. If vulgar language and scary voices/characters are upsetting to your kid in general they will not like it. If your child doesn’t like to feel confused and doesn’t want to “figure it out” they will not follow the subtle artistic nuances and probably find it dull. But if your kid enjoys that type of thing I think it’s a great movie to show them. Point out the use of imagery, the color pallets, the love and the mystery. It’s a great movie, my 11 year old thought it was amazing.
age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing