Good Time

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Vivid but violent crime movie about wounded souls.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The movie takes a fairly pessimistic attitude of "us against the world." The desire to protect/save is countered by a "whatever it takes" approach that includes illegal, unethical actions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are mainly criminals or are at least on that path. Redemption seems unlikely for most of them.


Brutal prison fight with punching, pummeling, and blood. A man crashes through a glass window. Pool of blood. More beating, fighting, blood. Bank robbery. Guns shown. Tear gas. Violent images from Cops seen on TV (woman stabbed with knife). Shard of glass used as weapon. Fall from height. Dogs fight.


Brief but graphic sex scene (thrusting, woman on hands and knees). A man kisses a teen girl to distract her; he then takes her to a bedroom, and they continue kissing, with some fondling. Sexy images in a carnival ride.


Frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "goddamn," "balls," and "f--got," plus uses of "God" and "Jesus Christ" (as exclamations).


Sprite soda bottle used to hold drugs/acid.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A secondary character has a drinking problem and drinks to excess. A hidden bottle of liquid acid is part of the story. Characters on acid ("tripping balls"). Flashback with drug dealers, Xanax. A teen girl smokes pot; she says her boyfriend (never seen) is a dealer. Cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Good Time is a crime thriller starring Robert Pattinson, but it's definitely not for younger Twilight fans. Expect heavy violence, with scenes of fighting and pummeling and lots of blood, as well as a bank robbery, guns, and more. A secondary character drinks to excess, and there are mentions/subplots about drug dealers and a lost Sprite bottle full of acid. Characters are on acid, and a teen girl smokes pot. Cigarette smoking is also shown. Language is strong and frequent, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There's a brief but graphic sex scene and other sexual material, including a scene of a man making out with a teen girl on her bed. But for mature viewers, this is a smart, emotional, and extremely well-made film.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycami098 October 21, 2020

super good!

this is a good movie but please don’t be stressed about anything because this is a 100 minute panic attack. there is a lot of drugs being talked about and i’m p... Continue reading
Adult Written byBobbg August 28, 2019

Great movie

Not too violent and has very little sex
Kid, 12 years old May 13, 2020

Crime high-speed thriller involves violence and sexual themes.

Good time is a crime thriller that stars Oscar winner Robert Pattinson. This film is so good and incredible to watch. But is the violence too strong for teens?... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHam231 December 15, 2019

Intense, claustrophobic and subtly sophistocated

Good Time is a film about Connie and his brother Nick. Connie makes Nick be an accomplice on a very poorly thought out heist. The heist goes awry, and Nick end... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GOOD TIME, Nick (Ben Safdie) is being interviewed by a therapist, attempting to get to the bottom of his cognitive disability, when his brother, Connie (Robert Pattinson), bursts in and takes him away. They've planned a bank robbery, and it's time to go. The robbery seems to go well, and they walk out with a bag of money, but then the dye packs go off, staining their clothes and faces. As the brothers attempt to escape, Nick crashes through a glass door. He's arrested and sent to the hospital. Connie tries to raise the money to bail him out, but the dyed cash is no good, and his girlfriend's credit card doesn't work, so he plans to break his brother out. Over the course of a long, complex New York night, Connie meets several strange people, concocts a plan to retrieve hidden acid and sell it, and tries to stay a step ahead of the law.

Is it any good?

Directing brothers Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie have created an ode to intense 1970s New York crime cinema, but with their own vivid, confined close-up take, bathed in artificial, carnival colors. More than just an homage, Good Time feels bracingly fresh, rooted in honest-to-goodness desperation. (The brothers share a wounded past that's unspoken but powerful.) Good Time doesn't necessarily transcend its genre limitations, but within those limitations, it's superb. The movie's unexpected backgrounds, such as a shut-down amusement park at night, or a stranger's apartment, spring up as a result of the characters, rather than as empty decoration. And the film's great, ominous, wailing score adds more unspoken tension.

Better still, the characters -- including a whacked-out, drunken, would-be drug dealer, a young girl staying up too late, and a frazzled security guard (Oscar-nominee Barkhad Abdi) -- feel like they actually live in the corners of the story; they seem to have been there long before it began. Jennifer Jason Leigh is great in a small role as Connie's harried, distracted girlfriend, and Ben Safdie is astounding as Nick. But it's Pattinson, shaking off the last of his Twilight-drenched past, who gives a Pacino-worthy performance full of street smarts and fast talk, but with a human soul. Iggy Pop's shockingly gorgeous closing song sums it all up perfectly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Good Time's violence. How intense does it feel? How do the filmmakers achieve this effect? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How are drugs portrayed in this movie? Are they glamorized? Are there realistic consequences? Why does that matter?

  • How is sex portrayed in this movie? Are women objectified? Are the women too young?

  • Why is Connie such an interesting character, when he makes so many bad decisions? How does Connie compare to Pattinson's character in the Twilight movies?

  • How does the movie treat its character with a cognitive disability? Is it compassionate? Understanding?

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