Final Destination

Movie review by
Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
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Teens fear the reaper in this so-so thriller.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 50 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The main character tries to do good by attempting to save the lives of those he thinks are going to die. He is also willing to give his own life to save another.


As a plane explodes we see the terrifying effect on the passengers inside (e.g. people burning, lots of blood), a teenager accidentally hangs himself, a boy's head is cut in half by a flying piece of metal, a woman's throat is slashed and she is stabbed by knives that fall off a kitchen counter. There are other violent scenes where Death tries to take people's lives but fails.


Brief shot of a couple making out. A main character picks up a Penthouse magazine and we briefly see an interior photo of a naked woman.


Some strong language at the very beginning of the film (teenagers using foul language).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Final Destination has intense scenes of violence and gore peppered throughout. The death of the victims in these scenes is not caused by another person, but instead by circumstance and "chance" instigated by the shadowy figure of Death, who is sometimes seen as a blur in the background. There is very little sexual content aside from a make-out scene and a glimpse of a naked women in a magazine. Profanity is limited to our introduction to the high school students at the beginning of the film.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bydst794 January 4, 2013


I selected this movie based on the lack of sex/nudity listed. It is an error. There is a section where the main charactor is reading a Penthouse magazine and... Continue reading
Parent of a 6, 8, and 10-year-old Written byTheDecider December 31, 2010

OK for older kids 16+

As an adult I liked this movie, however the rating notes for parents to watch for is INCORRECT. They do show an inside page of the PENTHOUSE; there is heavy sw... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLaikastudioslover August 2, 2020

Really interesting story!

I love the story so much! and i actually do understand why its rated r. There is a lot of blood and a little bit of nudity but not much.There is a lot of swear... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bypiercethemxdi July 1, 2017

A classic!

Not much swearing and the gore is great, i love films that have an interesting story line one of the best movies of all time not scary though, just leaves you q... Continue reading

What's the story?

If the grim reaper has chosen our time, can we escape it? Does death have a design? If so, and we figure it out, can we change it? These are the questions high school senior Alex (Devon Sawa) begins to ask. Just after taking his seat on a flight, Alex has a very vivid vision that the plane carrying himself and his classmates on a field trip to France will explode shortly after takeoff. He freaks out, and is taken off the plane with five others who somehow get caught up in his hysteria. Sure enough, as Alex and a classmate argue at the gate, the plane takes off without them and explodes. One-by-one those six who escaped the plane begin to die under curious circumstances. Alex becomes convinced that the six of them cheated Death and now Death is coming to get them in the order they would have died on the plane. Alex, still having visions, is determined that if he can figure out Death's design, he can save the lives of those who got off the plane.

Is it any good?

FINAL DESTINATION has a convincing enough plot, unfortunately one that by now has become cliché. So desperate is this film to create an aura of suspense and foreboding that by the end of the film, any object in existence could be a weapon in the hands of the grim reaper. This certainly makes for suspense, but not good suspense.

Perhaps the film loses a lot of ground here when, in the opening sequence of the film, the camera lingers on the cover of the book Death of a Salesman. This is the degree to which the filmmakers are trying to spook us and fail; by referencing the title of a book that has nothing to do with the death of anyone. Watching this film merely becomes a countdown to gore as curiosity over "how" someone will get it overshadows any curiosity over "who" will get it. Overall, the film proves disappointing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about death and/or the concept of destiny. Are our lives pre-determined, or do we have free will? To what degree are we able to control what happens in our lives?

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