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Eyes Wide Shut

Movie review by
Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
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Disturbing and completely inappropriate for kids.
  • R
  • 1999
  • 159 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Most of the characters in this film engage in what is commonly considered deviant social behavior (e.g. drug use, sex with prostitutes, adultery). Some even openly encourage such behavior. The consequences for engaging in such behavior only falls upon prostitutes.

Violence
Sex

Female full frontal nudity, numerous sex scenes, an orgy scene, implied teenage prostitution.

Language

Frequent use of all major curse words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drug overdose, marijuana use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a very adult film, with rampant female nudity, scenes that border on soft-core pornography, and a very mature treatment of the standard themes of jealousy and infidelity. All women are naked at some point, and (except for Alice) are junkies, prostitutes, or both. People abuse alcohol and marijuana. One character pimps his young teenage daughter.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12, 16, and 17 year old Written byAndy Black July 15, 2018

Almost like porn movie

But this movie best before kubrick died. There scene where satan on castle. Nudity, language.
Adult Written byMatt B. April 16, 2018

Not for anyone under 17

This movie contains explicit sexuality.
Teen, 16 years old Written byB-KMastah June 22, 2013

Kubrick's most underrated, and actually, one of his best.

Firstly, this film is not misogynistic. It's told from a man's view in a dreamlike state, and think about it. Prostitutes are usually females, and the... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byjohnwi312 December 27, 2009

Not shy about sex. No kids allowed (but older teens can handle it).

Extremely sexually graphic, especially in the unrated version. Very frank about nudity and sex, although much of it is more creepy/cold than erotic. Not at all... Continue reading

What's the story?

The story of Dr. William Harford (Tom Cruise) begins after he and his wife Alice (Nicole Kidman) have a discussion about love, desire, and fidelity. After Alice admits that she had thought about other men, William is floored by her admission and embarks on an adventure that is driven by jealousy-fueled visions of his wife having sex with another man. William encounters a world of sexual desire and betrayal that grossly outweighs his own as he finds himself surrounded by the dire consequences of unchecked sexual desire.

Is it any good?

Director Stanley Kubrick handles all of this with his trademark visual power, and like most of his films, this one is beautiful to watch for its elegance and style. Unfortunately, the dialogue can be a bit stilted, which doesn't help Cruise, who gives his usual stiff performance. On the flipside, Kidman and a host of secondary character actors come shining through enough to somewhat help save the film. Despite the few positives, Kubrick's treatment of women in this film is abhorrent, and the movie should not be watched by children.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reaction of the main character, Dr. William Harford, to his wife's admission about a sexual fantasy that she once had about another man. Was his reaction justified? What alternative, perhaps even more productive, course of action could he have taken to deal with how he was feeling? Viewers could also talk about the representation of women in this film. Is it acceptable?

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