Parents' Guide to

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

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

Movie R 1998 118 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 10 parent reviews

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 16+

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (13 ):

As directed by Terry Gilliam, this seemingly pointless celebration of bad behavior is also a hilarious and crazily visual comedy for adults already inducted into the Hunter S. Thompson cult. The movie sets a bizarre, frantic pace and sustains it successfully for its entire running time. Gilliam's extraordinary camerawork -- as well as weird makeup and visual effects -- attempts to capture the feel of a real drug trip, as well as some imaginatively trashed hotel rooms afterward. (What is that brown liquid all over the floor?)

In the lead role, Depp throws himself completely into Duke's thinly disguised Thompson's persona and delivers an amazing, hilarious performance. Del Toro is intense and rather frightening as the crazed Dr. Gonzo, and several recognizable faces -- including Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, and more -- turn up in cameos. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS definitely isn't for every taste, but adults (not kids!) who appreciate something out of the ordinary might enjoy it.

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