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Parent of a 13 year old Written byFanner50 October 1, 2012
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18
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Some over-the-top violence. Hard to stomach.

Over the top violence: human dismemberment and the killing of toddler child. Interesting plot about time-travel and a dystopic future with good actors, but this violence was unneeded and disturbing. No one younger than 16. Wish I'd skipped it.
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Adult Written bySynchronicity September 29, 2012
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15
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One of the best sci-fi films of all time, with a balance of action and substance. Older teens.

Not since Inception has there been a more engaging and thought-provoking science fiction film than Looper. This is only director Rian Johnson's third film after the indie film noir Brick and the criminally underrated The Brothers Bloom, but here he goes completely full circle in his capabilities. Looper is one of the smartest films not just of this decade, but of all time. However, it's not exactly a kiddie flick by any means, as it's also a violent, profane, sexual and drug-ridden crime thriller - but the fact that most of the bad is taken in a negative light offsets the impact, making it perfectly fine for older teens. The story starts out with Joe, a gun-for-hire called a looper who kills criminals dispatched from 30 years into the future. His life of crime has given him the opportunity to indulge in selfish pleasures such as sex, drugs and money. All loopers, however, must kill their future selves to "close the loop," and Joe's older self escapes. Joe then learns that his older self is trying to kill one of three children who could possibly be a crime lord in the future. While he waits for the older Joe, the younger Joe finds a family farm with one of the three kids, and ends up with the joint duty of protecting the family and killing his future self. The plot is intriguing in its own right, with plenty of twists and moral quandaries that keep things going, and since this is a Rian Johnson film, the script is witty and highly original. Also, the visual effects are well above the quality one would expect with a $30 million budget, with cool depictions of this new world's genetic mutation that involves telekinetic powers. In almost every respect, this film is actually slightly better than Inception - a film that had over five times Looper's budget, but was a less risky gamble due to the well-known Christopher Nolan directing it. But before The Dark Knight trilogy, before Inception, even before Insomnia, Nolan did a little film called Memento. Looper is basically Rian Johnson's Memento, a film that will go down in the history books and make this underrated director a household name. In other words, Looper is a wonderful film, but it's not really for anyone under 15. The violence is bloody at times, as this is a crime thriller about a gun for hire. Johnson's debut Brick unfairly got an R rating for a brief but bloody point-blank headshot seen from a distance. Looper has about two dozen similar scenes, with some more violence of its own. With the realization that any injuries inflicted on younger loopers are done so on their older selves who have time traveled to the present, we see an older version of a looper gradually lose his limbs and parts of his face, and we subsequently see the bloody operating table where the younger looper was basically eviscerated (the body is covered, however). Someone shoots another with a gun full of rock salt. One character has outbursts with his telekinetic powers that can be quite scary, and in one scene, he splits a bad guy in half; a slo-mo cloud of blood sprays out of his chest, and the character who killed him is next seen covered in blood. A man has his fingers crushed by a trap door and is shot in the ear, and someone later bangs a hammer onto the former wound. A man kills a child (offscreen), but feels horrible about it. Sex is also pretty rampant, as the club Joe does business at is full of prostitutes. There are two topless women in one scene, and there are two scenes of a suggestive nature. The first actually turns out to not be sexually related, but the second involves brief, clothed and nongraphic sex. Language is raw: there are about 30 f-bombs (2 paired with "mother" and 4 paired with Jesus' name), 20 s-words and the occasional milder word or two. Joe is addicted to a drug applied through the eyes and has withdrawal symptoms, and brief shots of syringes imply that, in his future life, he went on to do similar. There's also smoking and drinking, but that comes with the territory. Overall, though, older teens can do far, far worse than Looper. It's a smart and sexy futuristic crime thriller that will be remembered for generations to come.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bySimon S.G. March 2, 2013
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13
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Looper

The drugs are shown as being bad and the violence is not too extreme except in a few scenes and is never glorified. There is a lot of bad language but not much more than most teens experience anyhow (at least in my experience). It has a quite complex storyline but I believe that with some help most teens should get it. It is a great movie and definitely worth watching!
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Great messages
Too much violence
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Parent of a 1 year old Written byMbenz1962 March 23, 2013
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18
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Violent Sci-Fi

Pretty violent, though not gory. Several scenes featuring sexual situations including a scantily clad call girl.
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Parent Written byAspi January 28, 2013
AGE
17
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Fresh sci-fi

Sure the sci-fi is confusing, but the concept is fresh and the movie is full of action and suspense. There is a lot of violence and at least one sequence is super disturbing.
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Adult Written bysk8lady December 31, 2012
AGE
17
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Lots of better ways to spend your time

Interesting concept gets lost in the rush to blow holes in as many characters as possible, and I mean that literally. Tons of violence, lots of blood, including the older version of the main character killing (or trying to kill) children. One of the children uses telekinetic powers to kill others and winds up covered with blood at least twice. The ending is clever but doesn't make up for the gratuitous violence, especially that involving children.
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Too much violence
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Adult Written bySqueakyMom November 5, 2012
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18
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Be Warned!! NOT for kids! Good for some adults.

14! Oh my. People need to think long and hard before they let children watch this film. There is a LOT of blood and a LOT of killing not to mention the child in the film - that I didn't find mentioned anywhere or I would not have seen it. Along with other plots to give the movie plenty of suspense and twists there's the major plot that Bruce Willis is going to kill 3 kids because he wants to stop one man in the future. He does not know which kid is the right one and although he's remorseful, he still does it. Then there's the issue with the actual kid he is after. This boy has telekenetics but his is stronger than other people so instead of just floating metal he can (and does) actually make a person explode - and yes, you DO see this! Do you really want your child watching this? At one point Bruce Willis is so covered with other people's blood that his entire face is red and wet with blood running over his mouth. Know this - it is an adult movie and a good mind teaser but if you are sensitive to bad things happening to a 3 year old, mothers possibly being killed and excessive blood, stay away from this one. I used to be able to watch any move, but now that I have 2 sons, I can't watch movies where bad things happen to little kids. I walked out of this film crying about 10 minutes later than I should have! Be warned.
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Too much violence
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Parent Written byRun boy run. November 2, 2012
AGE
18
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Great, but intense and violent time travel movie.

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Too much violence
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Adult Written bypoingu October 21, 2012
AGE
18
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Horrific Violence

The violence is very disturbing: children killed, children shot, mob-style retribution where people lose parts of themselves in a "death by 1000 cuts" sort of way and are kept alive for decades, only limbless and noseless, people being shot in the chest over and over and over again...plus a child with telekinetic powers who can make adults burst open and die in a bloody mess, just by thinking it. I'm really sorry I saw this movie with my 17 year old. Neither one of us needed those images in our heads. I can't recommend it. Hmm, if you liked "Se7en" with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, you will think this movie is just fine.
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Too much violence
Parent Written byDLZ October 12, 2012
AGE
18
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LEARNING

Disturbingly violent film

This film features relentless, disturbing, graphic and gratuitous violence. I'm basing that on the portion I saw before I walked out. I'm still disturbed by some of what I saw and I'm disturbed that this aspect of the film is barely mentioned in any of the glowing reviews.
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Too much violence
Parent Written byShivom Oza October 10, 2012
AGE
14
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‘Looper’ (2012) Review by Shivom Oza – Doesn’t Quite Get You In The Loop!

What happens when you come face-to-face with your future self? What if you have to kill him/her? What if, there’s no other way out? ‘Looper’ is a bit of all that! ‘Looper’ is essentially a time-travel film. Sure, it has its inconsistencies. However, if one can overlook the logical aspect, it’s an enjoyable film. Tries to become thought-provoking in the end, but the move doesn’t work. Still, notwithstanding the relatively long-duration, the film will find its takers. Kansas, 2044 – United States has suffered severe economic collapse, causing immense growth in organized crime. Also, a mutation has occurred in about a small chunk of the population giving them telekinetic powers, i.e. the ability to levitate small objects. Now 30 years into the future (2074), time travel has been invented, but is immediately outlawed. Since tracking technology has made it increasingly difficult to get ride of corpses secretly, crime bosses resort to time travel to send those who they want killed to the past. For this task, they have hired ‘loopers’. Loopers are assassins who receive silver bars for killing people. However, whenever these crime lords wish to end a looper’s contract, they send his future self back to be killed by his younger self. This, in their terminology, is called ‘closing the loop’. If they looper fails to kill his assigned target, he faces death sentence. Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works for a mafia company in Kansas as a looper. The group ‘Gat Men’, which he is a part of, is controlled by Abe (Jeff Daniels). Abe has been sent from the future to manage the loopers. Joe’s friend Seth (Paul Dano) is faced with the calamity of having to close his loop. Seth hesitates on finding out that his target behind the mask is his future self. Seth’s older self mentions the Rainmaker, a criminal who has taken over organized crime in the future and is closing all loops. Seth dies, but Joe is faced with the same predicament sometime later. Circumstances get him to come face-to-face with his future self (played by Bruce Willis). He learns a bit (older Joe doesn’t reveal much) about his future. While the younger Joe wants to close his own loop to not draw the ire of Abe and his trusted looper ‘Kid Blue’ (Noah Segan), the older Joe is on a bigger mission. He is out to kill the Rainmaker, who has wreaked havoc in 2074. While his heart does wrench while he’s killing kids, he finds solace in the fact that he is doing this so that he can get his wife, of Chinese-origin, Summer Qing (Qing Xu) back to life. The rest of the film is about the cat-and-mouse game played by the younger Joe and the older Joe. Meanwhile, they are being chased by Abe’s men. There’s a map which has the names of the children who were born on the same day as the Rainmaker. There are three options. The younger Joe has a cut-out of a map which takes him to Sara’s farmhouse. Sara lives with her son, Cid. Cid goes on to play an important part in the film. You’ll have to watch the film to know what happens next. There are quite a few plot holes in the screenplay. The biggest one, perhaps, occurs during the climactic scene of the film. So, bear in mind that although the film tackles a unique subject and presents it wonderfully, it leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions. The kid, Cid, is turned into an evil caricature in the latter half of the film. The almost-supernatural elements that were brought in thanks to the evolved telekinetic techniques, somehow, take the sheen of the film. Whether he is the younger version of Joe or not, is for you to find out! Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis share a lot of scenes. The restaurant scene where Bruce selectively tells his own younger version about his future is sheer brilliance. The background score along with the lone single add a lot of impact to the film. Another laudable thing about the film was the way it portrayed '2044' and ‘2074’. It was very realistic, a welcome change compared to recent films like 'Dredd 3D', 'Total Recall' etc. Yes, there were a few unique gizmos, but nothing over-the-top! Let’s overlook the objects levitating bit! The concept of the film, very similar to Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’, is a novel one. Time-travel can be a tricky subject. Director Rian Johnson handles is pretty well. The idea of an individual in conflict with his future-self is, without doubt, very fascinating. The length could have been much shorter than 120 minutes. The second-half of the film drags a bit. Does it make you buy the concept of time-travel? Yes. Does it work as a part of a 2-hour-long film? No. If you look at the concept, the acting, the music, the action and the direction, does it merit a one-time-watch? Maybe! It all boils down to whether you believe in the concept or not. ‘Inception’ received extreme reviews. Some hated it, some loved it, and everyone ‘pretended’ to understand it! ‘Looper’ comes from the same school of thought. It’s not a film that will be liked by everyone. Shivom Oza
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Too much consumerism
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Adult Written bydanieldavidpeterson October 2, 2012
AGE
15
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Great, original movie.

It was brilliant, and is definitely a movie you want to watch again. There was some drug use, nudity, language, and violence.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking