Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Dark, gritty, and brilliant comedy is extremely violent.

R 1996 103 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 42 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Time markers for sex scenes.

There are two scenes that show sexual activity. These are: 1) At about 0:11, just after we see the exterior of the Blue Ox Motel. The sexual activity goes on for about 30 seconds. 2) At 1:06, just after the José Feliciano concert scene where Steve Buscemi asks his “date” how she likes working for an escort service. This goes on for about a minute.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.
age 16+

A fine film, but IMO overrated

Among the Coen brothers' canon of classics, this film is almost always held in one of the top 2 spots of their finest work. The Coens are hit and miss for me: "A Serious Man" and "Burn After Reading" falling into that miss category. Their depiction of small town cops handling a couple of idiotic burglars is humorous, the accents are very, very funny...but I can't honestly tell you that I get the buzz. William H. Macy clearly outshone Frances McDormand, and deserved the Oscar over her win, he had a more interesting role as the frustrated, bumbling husband who was just not destined to win in life. Steve Buscemi does great work here too, he's the film's almost sole supplier of the abundant profanity in this film, and then there's the startlingly bloody violence that contrasts with the naivety and good nature of the Fargo residents. It's a pretty good movie, just lower your expectations.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

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