Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Talky, play-based political drama sheds light on history.

R 2008 122 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 14+

Great dialogue, but might be boring for kids

The build-up to the big interview of Nixon by David Frost feels kind of slow, but the actual interview and the behind-the-scenes story of it are actually quite intriguing, especially if you're a history buff. Despite the R-rating, there is not much language to be worried about. It's there, yes, mostly s-words, but it's not excessive, and I don't recall there being more than twenty uses of it. There is one scene where a man is shown in bed with a woman with fleeting nudity, and another scene where a man goes skinny-dipping (his rear is briefly shown). Violence is minimal (with war footage shown). I think that the movie is worth watching, but only mature teens and older could really appreciate it. 7.8/10

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 14+

Fascinating Historical Fiction

FROST/NIXON is a fascinating look back into the politics of the late 1970s, when Watergate was the word and issue on everyone's mouths and minds. This movie tells the story of David Frost, a partying TV host who decides to tackle an interview with the disgraced former President Nixon to win fame and fortune. However, everyone is skeptical about the idea, and Frost ends up putting everything he has into the project, while Nixon hopes for a return to the political life he loves. Michael Sheen does a very good job as Frost, and Frank Langella is nothing short of brilliant as Richard Nixon. The script cackles with tension and chemistry, and draws its historical strength from texts of the actual Frost/Nixon interviews. This movie won't interest many kids, but teens who are interested in this era of American history will enjoy it. The R rating on this movie is tricky, because, aside from a few crass words, the movie is PG material. "F**k" is said four times, once as "motherf**ker". "B**ch" is also said 4-5 times (frequently as "son of a -"), and some milder curse words also make brief appearances. Frost is shown in bed with a woman, who is presumably naked. She gets out of bed and you see her bare back, but the rest is in shadow. Brief footage from the Vietnam War shows bloody bodies. This is a very tame R rated movie. The language is not excessive, and the movie is educational and interesting. It is a great choice for teens interested in history.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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