Garden State

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Smart drama for mature older teens and up.

R 2004 109 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Good movie

Good movie, i'm not normally into this kind of genre, but it's actually good. Great soundtrack as well. There's a brief scene where they're in a back room of some building and there's multiple sexual things going on. Luckily it doesn't last long. Lots of drug use portrayed and lots of swearing. Don't let these things turn you off though. It's a great movie

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

the drugs portray a POSITIVE message.

Alright this is one of my favorite movies. yes there are a lot of drugs sex and language, but the reason i would recommend it to 14 and up is because that's the age kids are becoming someone and that can be good or bad. this movie gives a great portrayal of the NEGATIVE effects of promiscuity and drugs. this movie shows that he is BETTER WITHOUT the drugs. he feels alive again because of love. i certainly think that's something 14 yr olds could learn about. as far as the inappropriate things.. just don't show it if you have a kid in THAT stage where they're gonna repeat every curse word or sexual innuendo.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages

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