Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Loopy, foul-mouthed drug comedy isn't meant for kids.

R 1998 118 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 16+

One of the greatest cult classics of all time

In my opinion, you need to be around 16 or so to even be able to appreciate the genius that is Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. I first saw it when I was 16, and I loved it, not because it's full of drug use, but because it's a brilliant narrative and work of art. There's actually not as much swearing as you'd think, but there is some, but many teens should be mature enough to watch this and not re-enact it.
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age 18+

How not to be.

Gets 4 stars just for the sake of showing how not to be. Drugs are not as glamorous as people make them look some times. In moderation, you can learn to live a healthy and productive life. Overindulgence can lead people down a very dangerous path, and can make you lose sight of what you want in life. I’ve seen it happen to quite a few people in my life. Heck, I’ve even had my fair share of problems with over doing things. It’s a hard watch in any state of mind. I’d say it’s more of a message to stay off hard drugs, then to take large amounts of them. Be careful out there, life can get pretty ugly if you make poor decisions.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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