Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Entrapment Movie Poster Image
Heist film with reliable plot. Teens OK.
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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


Many tense scenes.





Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some relatively discreet nudity, the usual swear words, and brief drug use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bylittleone522 March 28, 2011

Wait till there a little older

With a movie about steeling and the bad guys are good and the good guys are bad, I can't see this movie being anygood for kids under 13. I found the langua... Continue reading
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byTsion July 24, 2010

Quite average...

Entrapment is a decent thriller that doesn't stink, but it doesn't accomplish much of anything either. Everything in the movie ranges from slightly b... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 13, 2015

Great but not for little kids

It has a fair amount of sex and language suspenseful [little bit] There is a scary moment when there is a chase on the Petronas towers. There is some gun shooti... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 30, 2011


Role models aren't good because one of them is a traitor and plans about 3 heist/ robberys. But it is brilliant

What's the story?

Sean Connery plays "Mac" MacDougal, a dashing thief who cannot help responding to a challenge. Catherine Zeta Jones plays insurance investigator Virginia "Gin" Baker, who is out to trap him.

Is it any good?

Connery, who also co-produced, delivers the goods in true movie star fashion, making wooden dialogue seem deliciously roguish. Zeta Jones has appealing grace and spirit as well as breathtaking beauty. Three separate heist scenes are fresh and stylish. There are some cool gadgets. But the plot has holes that leave viewers saying, "Hey, wait a minute." The characters never create any real chemistry with each other, in part because he is decades older than she is. Worse, they never create any chemistry with the viewers. There is something a little chilling about characters who steal without any consideration whatsoever for the impact on others. In some heist films, the characters gain sympathy by stealing from someone who stole the money in the first place (The Sting) or in order to protect someone (How to Steal a Million). But in Entrapment, they seem to be doing it for no particular reason other than a sort of Everest-like "because it's there."

A heist film is one of Hollywood's most reliable plots. Heist movies are terrific examples of problem solving, as they lay out exactly what the obstacles are, come up with strategies to address each one, and then come up with back-up strategies for the inevitable problems and mistakes. ENTRAPMENT has caught the look and feel, but not the heart, of classics like Topkapi and To Catch a Thief.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenge of making the audience root for a thief.

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