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By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violence, swearing, drugs, and more in gangster classic.

Movie R 1990 146 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 12+

Don't Listen to CSM, Watch it with Teens, It's a Great Movie

Goodfellas is one of the movies I’ve seen like The Shawshank Redemption and Schindler’s List where I believe almost every human being should watch it, especially teenagers. Not only is Goodfellas an amazing movie but it deals with subjects that many teenagers are going to have to face in school and in their daily life. Once your kid first goes into middle school they begin coming out of the age of icconce for likely the rest of their lives. Sex is a more common topic, langauge is used on the daily and drugs are a common subject and your kid will likely even be offered them at some point or another. Goodfellas is one of the only movies I’ve seen that tackles these subjects in the best way possible, with storytelling. It tells the true story of a young Italian American boy who slowly becomes sucked into the life of crime, drugs and violence. It shows how it ruins him and tears him apart and I think it’s a vital movie for teenagers to see for those reasons. Yes it does have violence but if your kid has already seen R-rated movies or played violent video games they should be fine, it doesn’t glorify it and it likely won’t scar them. There’s also the harsh language, it’s very common but compared to your kids average day at school it’s really nothing. Then there’s the drug use. There's a lot of it but it likely won’t come off as disturbing and once again it’s not glorifying it, in fact it’s a very anti-drug movie. Goodfellas is a vital movie for any movie lovers and people in general. It’s amazing and I don’t see the point in waiting for your kid to come out of the prime time when they're being offered drugs to watch this movie. It’s a great movie and while it deals with intense subjects it teaches a lot of good lessons. But remember it’s not a movie teaching good morals, it’s a movie about bad morals and why you should neglect them.
age 12+

Don't Listen to Commonsense, Teens Can and Should Watch It

Typically I think CSM has pretty accurate reviews but when I saw they gave Goodfellas an 18+ I was shocked. First off I think Goodfellas is a movie everyone should watch at least once. Especially nowadays, drugs are a common conversation in teenagers live nowadays and if their's and movie that teaches to not do them beside Requiem for a Dream it's goodfellas. Now there is a lot of drug use and it's not taken lightly but it does teach a very good lesson kids should learn nowadays. The violence isn't too strong, their are stabbings and shootings but nothing incredible gory. Their is little to no sexual content, just some kissing. The language is very strong there's a lot of f-bombs but compared to what kids hear nowadays its normal. Overall Goodfellas is a movie that all adults and kids should watch, so why not watch it together.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This classic tale of mob life in New York City is a stunning, vivid look at the ugliness and depravity of a subculture that's been glamorized, sanitized, and romanticized in countless other films. This is the real deal. Nothing prepares an audience for the raw amorality and insanity of this crew. No movie has better shown how the "goodfellas" create a community wholly isolated from the rest of society by its own warped values and staggeringly amoral code. In scene after scene, Scorsese and his team bring this magnetic evil to life.

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