Common Sense Media says

Smart, mature legal thriller isn't meant for kids.

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(out of 10 reviews)
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Adult Written byCaptainGalacticus April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Parent of a 15 year old Written byTsion March 1, 2011

Gripping and Moving Legal Drama Packs a Punch!

MICHAEL CLAYTON is an extremely intelligent and mature drama/thriller that is a perfect respite from dumb "action" movies that thrive on cheap violence as opposed to genuine thrills. This movie is genuinely gripping, but its engaging thrill emerges from its strong emotional core as opposed to bullets and explosions. It isn't a movie for kids by any stretch, but mature teens and adults will have a great time watching. The movie follows a "fixer" lawyer named Michael Clayton, who is in charge of burying controversial and possibly illegal behavior of his clients before it hinders their business prospects. When Michael's friend uncovers a conspiracy behind a multi-million dollar lawsuit, Michael is convinced that his friend is only looking for a problem where there isn't one. Soon however, Michael begins to see cracks in his previous vantage point, and the decisions he makes will make all the difference. The movie isn't for kids at all. It is very mature and adult-oriented, and contains some adult content. The "f" word is used more than 20 times, and other milder language ("s**t", "d**n", and sexual slang) is used almost non-stop. "C**t" is used once early in the film. A man describes being in a "whorehouse" and trying not to "come" as he recieves oral sex from two prostitutes. "D**k" and "c**k" are also used as slang in this scene. The same man strips naked after having an emotional breakdown (nothing shown). A man is assassinated onscreen (poison is injected into his foot after he is knocked unconscious), and another man's car explodes (with the intent of killing him). One character is also a drug addict. The majority of characters in the movie make very poor decisions (and are thus poor role models), but the overall message of the movie is very inspiring: how a handful of people in a corrupt world have the courage to change their actions and do the right thing. In an age of superficial movies, MICHAEL CLAYTON courageously and inspiringly offers an alternate thriller: one driven by plot and meaning, not bullets.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written byourblackego July 28, 2009
Small amount of language... No violence... But adult themed movie... Great Nominted for 5 academy wards in 2007...
Teen, 15 years old Written bykslabaugh April 9, 2008

it wuz great

ok this was a good movie overall but i thought it was confusing in the begining. it is not that bad (content) i think this movie is more geared tward the older teen and adult audience
Kid, 12 years old May 26, 2013

15 / R

Contains some language including some sexual dialogue
Teen, 14 years old Written byJulie3000x April 9, 2008
I liked it but im not sure if other people my age would. Maybe good for older teens though. It wasnt at all violent but there were some f-bombs. Also some sexual slang.
Teen, 17 years old Written byrobots in disguise April 9, 2008

Really confusing movie

Its one of those movies that intrigues you because your so confused. After knowing the whole story I don't want to watch it again because it would probably be boring. But its a good movie to see once as long as you don't mind the language. Definitely not for kids(duh, its rated R) but for older people check it out
Adult Written byterra100 April 9, 2008

somewhat boring legal thriller

If you have lots of patience to wait for a longwinded ending with a legal theme, then you'll like this film. Otherwise, you'll fall asleep. This film's acting is just fine but it plays like the TV show "Damages" in a 2-hour format. It does have the final message of the protagonist doing the right thing, which is good.
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Lord Almighty April 9, 2008