Powerful and inspiring drama intended for older teens and adults. 16+
A great Clint Eastwood film, besides not being a western. Gran Torino is a powerful and moving tale about a widowed elderly veteran who develops a "father-son" relationship with one of his neighbors, a Asian teenager who is an unfortunate involvement in his cousins gang of criminals but wants to break free and walk on the good path. Like all of his films, Eastwood brings a gritty, stubborn, yet wise and strong performance - and teaches the young man about the vast morals and ethics of life which he has experienced - respect, relationships, humor, wisdom, and ambition. Gran Torino is fine for older teens, in which violence is not graphic and occurs rarely, but can be quite intense and distressing. For the language, it's rather strong and frequent (uses of f**k, sh*t, p*ssy, godd**n, and other vulgar/crude name calling) - but you know, nearly everyone curses, so it wouldn't be any different. There's no sex in this film, except for a heavily implied gang-rape scene where a bloodied beaten woman is seen coming home after the horrific incident. There's several scenes of smoking, drinking, and implied drug use, but nothing too graphic is shown. Gran Torino is actually an emotional and raw experience throughout due to some dramas and quarrels that the main characters tolerates with, especially with his family and his health. The Asian teenager is actually a sympathetic and privileged individual whose cousin is attempting to persuade him to join his bad gang of criminals. Due to the thematic elements, mature subject matter, strong language, and violence makes this a movie for older teens (at least).
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing