Parents' Guide to

Good Time

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Vivid but violent crime movie about wounded souls.

Movie R 2017 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

Really Great Film, CSM and IMDb are over doing it

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS 13+ IN MY BOOK NOT 9+ HOWEVER IT NEEDS TO BE LOWERED Really good, as far as strength of the rating I think this and IMDb are being over sensitive. First of all there is one sex scene and should not be a 4 and rather 3 max and the drugs aren’t all that bad mainly talk of them actual scenes of use but you would hear far far far worse stuff on the news about drug content then this. The violence is maybe only a little worse than a marvel movie, if it weren’t for the 1 sex scene and swearing this could’ve been a hardy pg13 I’ve showed my kidsworse pg13s. I would say is ok for 13 and up easily and maybe a mature 12 y/o. It really comes down to what you have showed your kids classics like The Godfather, Psycho or The Terminator are much worse then this will ever be.

This title has:

Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Amazing Film, A Must Watch

It was pretty great I showed my 14 year old this and my personal favorite Safdie Brothers Film Uncut Gems. It’s safe to say he loved both of them. In comparison to Uncut Gems this isn’t nearly as bad the violence is toned down a lot of notches and the sex was basically removed. The drug content it mentioned was fine and was nothing I don’t hear on the news each morning or I’m sure my son doesn’t hear on TikTok. The violence is yes bad but this is probably the most anti-crime film I’ve ever seen. The violence is uncomfortable if anything not disturbing like Uncut Gems. I talked to my son a little after this he said it was very un-encouraging to do anything of that sort and he didn’t mind it. The sex scene however is nothing you wouldn’t find in a Pg13 movie. There was a good amount of profanity which is probably the most compelling reason not to show this to your kid but isn’t even half of the profanity I would hear in a day of college.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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