"GoodFellas" is a superb gangster film by Martin Scorsese.
Again, Scorsese teams up with his most favourite actor, Robert de Niro.
It is a story about a man who decides to become a gangster, rather mobster, when he is still very young. He then grows older and becomes a member of the Mafia.
"GoodFellas", while being not for the faint of heart, is a masterful but graphic look into a mobster's life.
Thought-provoking as it is, it is centered in the dark and rough underworld of organized crime. However, it depicts things as they really were.
It tells the story in all its amorality and brutality, not like many other movies that made a gangster's life look cool. The protagonist has a comfortable life and with particularly few consequences, but also, he is in a constant surrounding of brutality and fear, not knowing who he can trust.
For the viewers, this can be very unsettling, since all of this really happened. It is terrifying how these people could do anything - that includes drug consume, blackmailing, and finally, murder - without any consequences, and still had a very comfortable life.
Also, this movie has a really good script, great cinematography and brilliant actors, including an Oscar-winning performance by Joe Pesci.
In conclusion, "GoodFellas" is a very thought-provoking and well-made movie that should be seen by everyone.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
There is a lot of violence. It is not at the NC-17 level, but it still is pretty brutal.
The movie starts with a scene in which a man, who is already wounded heavily, is repeatedly stabbed and shot.
Then there are scenes of violent beatings, people being shot and stabbed, etc.
A man is stabbed in the neck with an ice pick. Verbal references to very violent and disturbing acts, such as cutting up a person, etc.
Some scenes of domestic violence. A father beats his son with a belt, a man is very disrespectful with his wife. The violence is more graphic than in "Pulp Fiction", but still is handable. There is strong abuse of drugs, mostly cocaine. In the end, the character gets his payback for his drug abuse, but overall, the drug content is very strong. Know your child about the drugs.
There is frequent language, and we're talking about hundreds of f-word, as well as some other langugage.
Older teenagers and adults should be okay with "GoodFellas", but the violence and drug abuse (and, if you care about it, the language) is very graphic.