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Gone Baby Gone

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Deeply affecting crime thriller for grownups.

Movie R 2007 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

More irritating than enjoyable

A few prostitutes crossing the streets in mini skirts, also very sleazy lady who shows cleavage. The mother is a drug addict who dresses with low hip jeans flashing her tummy.
age 17+

Gone Baby Gone

Personally I felt this was a captivating crime thriller that is suitable for adults and maybe mature older teens. You can read a plot summary and film review to decide if it would be something entertaining but as far as it being suitable to watch for children, I would firmly say no. The film is about 80% foul language, there is violence, drug use and sexual content. I honestly would not even have it on if your child is not paying attention and playing in the same room. I will describe a scene below and you can decide if this is something your child can handle. I felt physically ill watching this and was quite disturbed afterwards- A child is brutally murdered and raped- a brief flash of a bloated, dead little boy in a tub and his stained, bloody underwear in the sink, followed by gun violence. I literally had nightmares about this and it stayed with me days after watching the film. Perhaps I am overly sensitive but I felt the gore of that specific scene was gratuitous. They could have just shown the outline of the child and cut it from there.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

An impressive, confidently helmed vehicle that ably mixes grit with heart, Gone Baby Gone lays to rest any impression that Affleck's talent, much-lauded in the Good Will Hunting days, is no more. From the first frame on, Ben Affleck's affection -- and, more important, his respect -- for his native city is palpable; rather than romanticize it, he presents it as is, with the ugliness intact. Much has been made of the lengths he took to be authentic (he shot in Dorchester and cast locals in nearly every scene) and it pays off. The movie thankfully lacks the gloss of many other crime movies, even those that are well done (like Out of Sight, for example). Even the twist ending feels less like a device and more like an essential plot development. Lehane's story is grim, as is the film's palate and tone. It may even outdo another lauded Lehane-inspired film, Mystic River.

The film does take time to find its footing early on, slightly hobbled by too much exposition (this is the drug dealer; here's the possibly corrupt cop; etc.). And Angie's character is sadly lightweight (though Monaghan gives it the old college try). But Gone Baby Gone quickly gets into a groove, thanks in no small part to a stellar cast -- can Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris do wrong? -- and a script, penned by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, that isn't afraid to be ambiguous and complicated. Much like this new incarnation of Affleck himself.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 18, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: February 11, 2008
  • Cast: Casey Affleck , Ed Harris , Morgan Freeman
  • Director: Ben Affleck
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 114 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, drug content and pervasive language.
  • Last updated: October 5, 2023

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