A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A father resorts to criminal behavior in order to get medical attention for his dying son. Criminal behavior does have consequences.
Violence & Scariness
Violence limited to short scenes or moments.
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Some foul language.
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Products & Purchases
Some product placement.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an intense film that deals with themes of death and failures of the medical system. These might be a lot for some kids to handle, particularly since a young boy's life hangs in the balance for most of the film. Violence and foul language are sporadic, limited to short scenes or moments. Fighting, stabbing, gunshots, attempted murder, and attempted suicide are featured in the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While predictable, JOHN Q is gripping on a number of accounts. For one, the current state of the health care system is put on trial in this film. Make no mistake, this film is social commentary. And the message it states is loud and clear. Despite its preachiness, John Q is entertaining and features an especially fine performance by Washington, whose portrayal of a father's desperation is very palpable.
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