Elephant

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
Elephant Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 17+

Powerful, provocative depiction of high school shootings.

R 2003 81 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

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.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

A movie that teaches the possibilities and the aftermaths of a school shooting.

Elephant is a film where it shows the story of two male students who attended the Colombine High School and on July 20th, 1999, everything changed, when they go on a school shooting spree caused by the everyday stressful challenges they had to endure including being bullied and psychologically abused before the shooting, which could've been a major factor that triggered it. It can be an educational video for teens just to show them the possibility of someone who's a high risk of planning a school shooting and how to avoid the situation. This film has a very dark and intense atmosphere throughout, and the school shooting is VERY graphic and realistic, which can be disturbing to some viewers who're sensitive / faint hearted. However, this film has the potential risk of teaching younger children the negative aspects of the film, especially the infamous school shooting scene. Children 15 and up are ok to watch this, but if they're younger, like I said before, must be seriously mature for their age. This is a film that depicts the causes and effects of a school shooting, not for pure enjoyment.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a high school letterman's jacket
    High School
    See all

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