Enemy of the State

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Late-'90s action movie has frequent profanity, violence.

R 1998 132 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 14+

Chilling-An Effective, Thought Provoking Action Movie

More than 20 years after its release, this well-done movie about government surveillance and weaponization via political affiliation is increasingly poignant. It raises important moral and political questions while not subjectively over-reaching. It is best experienced without summarization. Will Smith and Gene Hackman both give outstanding performances, while Jon Voight and a plethora of character actors round out an intriguing cast. Technically well executed, the story never falters or lulls despite a long runtime. I strongly recommend this film, especially in lieu of the modern big tech censorship and elitist's control of government-run organizations. Profanity, sexual references, and deeply political themes make Enemy of the State best suited for the mature young teen.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Educational use here...

This movie came from an era of soft "R" ratings when there was a lot of violence and swearing in movies. As far as todays standards go, this would be considered a "PG-13." It has educational value in its use of communcation technology.

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